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Aurora man in surgery after fall

Posted by wlpo on March 21, 2015

An 18-year old Aurora man was in surgery late Saturday morning after falling 90 feet yesterday in Starved Rock State Park.

Sgt. Hank Frazier with the Conservation Police said Christopher Stewart fell late Friday afternoon to the floor of “Wild Cat Canyon” after trying to break off some ice at the canyon’s rim.  Frazier said the youth, who had climbed over the fence, was life-flighted to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria in critical condition.

Charges of unlawful entry into a restricted area are pending. A woman, 18-year old Tara Watkins of Aurora was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and having a small amount of cannabis.  Frazier said it appeared 2 others with Stewart  had been drinking.  Alcohol is prohibited on all park trails.

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