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Man who fell to his death on Pasadena hiking trail identified

A man who slipped and fell to his death from a trail in Eaton Canyon Park in the Pasadena foothills has been identified by coroner's officials as 21-year-old Erwin Molina.

Molina was hiking a popular waterfall trail with three companions around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost his footing and fell 35 feet to the rocky canyon bottom, fire officials said.

He was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Coroner's officials are uncertain of his last known residence.

Calls for broken bones and twisted ankles are common on the trail but fatalities are rare, according to Pasadena Fire Department officials.

Molina's death was the first this year at the heavily used trail, which crosses several streams and reaches two waterfalls.

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