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Hiker who fell off Bishop Peak cliff identified as Cal Poly student

Emergency crews responded to a report of an injured hiker at the top of Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.
Emergency crews responded to a report of an injured hiker at the top of Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A hiker who fell about 15 feet off a cliff near the top of Bishop Peak has been identified as a Cal Poly freshman.

Cynthia Lee, an industrial technologies and packaging student, suffered a head injury and multiple scrapes and cuts about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Cal Fire and Mustang News.

Lee was taken by helicopter to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released, said Ron Yukelson, a hospital spokesman.

The fall occurred when Lee was hiking with her “Week of Welcome” (WOW) group, according to Mustang News. WOW, an annual university tradition, includes a variety of activities that aim to introduce students to the campus and community.

The campus newspaper reported that Lee is recovering at her San Jose home.

A Cal Poly spokesman would not comment on the incident.

In December 2016, another Cal Poly student fell while hiking near the top of Bishop Peak. Evan Lalanne, 18, was rescued from the San Luis Obispo mountain via helicopter after falling 25 to 30 feet, according to Cal Fire. He suffered severe injuries to his neck and back as a result of the fall and remains paralyzed from the waist down.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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