TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) -
A hiker has died after he was struck by a falling boulder in Riverside County.
Coroner's investigators say 23-year-old Nicholas Lovato of Menifee died instantly on Monday.
Investigators say Lovato and four other people had hiked into the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve near Temecula -- which is off-limits to the public.
Lovato was sitting on a rock outcropping when it suddenly gave way. He fell about 30 feet into a canyon and then was struck and killed by a falling boulder.
The area is very rugged. Lovato's body was recovered by helicopter Tuesday morning.