UPDATE: Hiker Dies After Falling in Eaton Canyon

Coroner's officials have identified the hiker as 23-year-old John Jutiyasantayanon of Montclair.

UPDATE: A Patch call to the Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed the hiker's identity as John Jutiyasantayanon, 23, of Montclair. The story has been changed to reflect that.

A man in his early 20s fell to his death in Eaton Canyon while hiking Saturday morning, said Sgt. Debra Herman of the . It was the second fatality in the canyon in a week.

"It's tragic," she said. "People don't take [hiking in the canyon] seriously enough ... I can understand the draw, it's beautiful there. But it's treacherous."

The young man, identified as 23-year-old John Jutiyasantayanon of Montclair by coroner's officials, was hiking with a female companion when he slipped and fell, Herman said. The woman tried to help, but wasn't able to stop him from dropping even farther. Sheriff's deputies then received the call at 9:32 a.m.

Other hikers performed CPR on Jutiyasantayanon, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, officials told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Rescue teams airlifted the woman from the canyon to a landing zone, then later transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

This is only the latest incident in the canyon, which has seen frequent rescues and mishaps this summer.

Lisa Hastings August 09, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Another hike that is dangerous is the Rubio Canyon trail where the trail in places is only 8-12 inches wide one misstep would result in a fall of at least 50 feet down to the canyon below. I am astonished at how the various Altadena groups put out positive publicity about this trail given its danger.
Cat August 11, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Hi Dan, my name is Cathryn and I was a very close friend of John. His family and I are seeking to find closure on our loved one's death. I wanted to ask if I could speak with you. My email is cadeguzman@csupomona.edu. I'll understand if you do not want to speak with me or discuss anything with me. I was just seeking answers and was hoping if you could help me. Thank you.
Cat August 11, 2011 at 08:23 PM
[Written by a person friend of John Jutiyasantayanon]: Hello, my name is Cathryn and I was a very good friend of John. My friend was a beautiful person, inside and out. Genuinely a kind human being who always gave to other and never expected anything in return. John was an avid photographer and loved to capture happy moments at events like birthdays and graduations. He never wanted to be apart of the photo, rather be the one to take it, and make sure all of us were smiling in the photo. John had recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona as an Electrical Engineer and had only been working at his new job in a nuclear powerplant, in San Clemente, for exactly one month when he passed away. He was only 23 years old. I wanted to reach out to anyone who knows any information about what happened to my dear friend. I am in need to help find any search and rescue team members and/or LA firefighters ... anyone who was there with my friend that day, so that we can help bring peace and closure to the hearts of John's family. Any information anyone has will help tremendously and is very, wholeheartedly, appreciated. My email is cadeguzman@csupomona.edu. The viewing will be held tonight at Montclair and the funeral on Friday morning. If you would like to attend or know of anyone who would, please don't hesitate to email me. The more support and love we can show to the family, the better, as this is a very difficult time for them. Rest in peace John, I love you
JosephR August 22, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Brian - I remember the tunnel (hole in the wall) and wonder how many have died on razorback since tunnel was sealed. Unintended consequence of do-gooders closing tunel has led to deaths among those who seek to explore upper canyon. Razorback has steep edges however I believe the most dangerous location is where you have to clear the blind corner around rock ledge past the razor. I'd be interested to hear from rescue team if there's a particular point where folks usually fall from. Liability prevents County from rigging cables however local hikers can install assists for safely crossing exposed sections of trail. Kids will attempt the trail - removing ropes only increases likelihood of falling.
jay jay August 11, 2012 at 01:44 AM
The should close this canyon seriously too many issues i think its bs to have it open....no shameeeee my friend died 3 days ago due to this stupid canyon


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