A 20-year-old Lexington woman died late Saturday when she fell an estimated 140 feet from a cliff near Berea.
Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison identified the victim as Kimchi Son. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Cornelison said Sunday.
The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, near Indian Fort Theater, two miles east of Berea.
Cornelison said Son and a male companion had hiked to near the top of Indian Fort Mountain.
He said Son apparently stepped onto a rock ledge, tried to look over and lost her balance. Cornelison estimated that Son fell about 140 feet, based on reports from rescue crews.
Rocks and cliffs on the trail were slippery from recent rains, and the victim was wearing rubber-soled tennis shoes, Cornelison said.
An autopsy has been performed, but results were not yet available.
The trails above Indian Fort Theater have long been popular with hikers and climbers, including many students from Berea College and other area schools. Son was a student at the University of Kentucky, a university official confirmed Sunday evening.
Cornelison said Son's death was the first fatal fall in memory at Indian Fort Theater.
"I've been a paramedic for 30 years and we've gotten a lot of fall victims up there with broken bones," he said. "But I don't recall any deaths."