Falling boulder kills Riverside County hiker

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.
 
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