Oregon college student taking pictures dies after falling off side of mountain

  
Via:  perrie-halpern  •  one month ago  •  8 comments

Oregon college student taking pictures dies after falling off side of mountain
Her fall was broken by a tree, which prevented her from falling into the ocean below, and she later succumbed to her serious injuries.

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

An Oregon college student died after a 100-foot fall off the side of a mountain while taking pictures over a barrier, according to sheriff's deputies.

Oregon State University student Michelle Casey, 21, was at a viewpoint area of Neahkahnie Mountain on Highway 101 with her boyfriend Sunday when she slipped and fell while taking pictures over a retaining wall, according to a statement from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

Her 100-foot fall was broken by a tree, which prevented her from falling into the ocean below, the statement said.

Casey suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where she later died.

Her family said in a statement that Casey "loved being outdoors and was at the beach — her favorite place — on Sunday." They said she was "always active" and had a second-degree black belt in taekwondo, played volleyball and loved to work out.

Casey was an organ donor, and her organs were donated to two people, the family said.

"Michelle always brought people together with her bubbly personality and loving, giving heart," the statement said. She was a sophomore and pursuing a degree in kinesiology "because she wanted to help people."

An Oregon State University statement said, "as a university community, we mourn at the loss of a community member — and certainly one so young as Michelle."

At least three people have died from falls at the Grand Canyon this year. At least one of those people was trying to take photos. Last year, a couple fell about 800 feet to their deaths while apparently taking a selfie at Yosemite National Park in California.

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one month ago

It is estimated that 258 college kids have died this year trying to take selfies. What has caused this sudden need to be dying for a photo?

 
 
 
epistte
1.1  epistte  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1    one month ago
It is estimated that 258 college kids have died this year trying to take selfies. What has caused this sudden need to be dying for a photo?

Narcissism, social media and the ease of which a smart phone makes those photos possible.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
2  Bob Nelson    one month ago

Darwin Award

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Bob Nelson @2    one month ago

Exactly - daredevil fools.

 
 
 
cjcold
2.1.1  cjcold  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    one month ago

Used to do stunts and am lucky to still be alive. Broke myself more than a few times.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3  JohnRussell    one month ago

If you are at a precarious site and want to capture the "excitement" ,or even the beauty, of the moment why not just plan it for a few seconds? Step back as much as possible, don't lean forward, don't get distracted. It says she fell over a retaining wall. Why not crouch down behind the wall so that the only thing going over the top of it is the camera?  It doesnt seem that it would be that heard to get the photo while staying safe at the same time. 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
4  Freedom Warrior    one month ago

Don't try this at home. That is unless you live here. It's worth the hike.  Great family fun too.

320

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
5  Thrawn 31    one month ago

FFS, barriers exist for a reason.

 
 
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