Hiker Who Died on Cowles Mountain Identified as Andrew Lewis

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Cowles Mountain. Photo courtesy of Bob DuHamel from Wikimedia Commons.

Authorities released the name Monday of a 64-year-old man who collapsed and died over the weekend during a hike to the summit of Cowles Mountain.

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Witnesses reported seeing Andrew Lewis of San Diego fall to the ground while ascending a trail toward the 1,593-foot peak in Mission Trails Regional Park about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

Bystanders performed CPR on Lewis until personnel aboard a rescue helicopter lowered a crew member down to their location, said fire department spokesman Lee Swanson. The paramedic took over the lifesaving efforts, which proved futile. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.

A cause-of-death ruling was on hold pending completion of postmortem exams.

— City News Service

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