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Woman falls to death from California cliff while trying to take photo

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Aerial view shows a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Point Fermin in San Pedro, Calif. Aerial view shows a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Point Fermin in San Pedro, Calif.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. - The coroner's office Saturday released the name of a woman who died in a fall from a seaside cliff near Point Fermin in San Pedro.
   
She was 21-year-old Lorena Barrera, of Sparks, Nevada, according to coroner's Lt. Dave Smith.
    
The fall was determined to be an accident, according to the coroner's website, and an autopsy showed Barrera died from traumatic injuries.

Firefighters were dispatched about 2:10 p.m. to assist police and coroner’s personnel at the scene, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The woman was found dead at the base of a cliff “after an apparent fall,” Humphrey said.

Investigators said Friday evening that it appeared she climbed over a wall to take a picture of the view and to get a closer look at the ocean below.

The woman was with friends at Point Fermin Park and wearing flip-flops when they say she tripped while trying to take a photo, plummeting roughly 100 feet onto the rocks below.

The victim had just moved to California from Reno, Nevada, and on her first full day wanted to get a great photo of the view and the Pacific Ocean.

Earlier this month, the bodies of a man and woman were discovered at the bottom of the same stretch of cliffs in what police believe was a similar accident.

Not including suicides, fire officials say, about a dozen people a year accidentally fall to their deaths.

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