Hudson Valley Woman Dies After Falling About 50 Feet While Hiking
A Dutchess County woman lost her life after she slipped on ice while hiking with a group in the Hudson Valley.
On Monday, detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office reported the death of a Wappingers Falls woman as the result of a hiking accident that happened over the weekend.
On Saturday around 10:50 a.m., members from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, along with multiple rescue squads and the New York State Forest Rangers, responded to the Mohonk Preserve, Table Rocks trailhead, in the Town of Marbletown for a fallen hiker.
Upon arrival, it was discovered a woman was hiking with a group about a mile and a half from the trailhead when she slipped on an icy slope and fell approximately 50 feet down a narrow crevice, police say.
The woman was later identified as 71-year-old Margaret A. Fitzgerald of Wappingers Falls.
Forest rangers rappelled down to reach her, however, she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials say.