Man killed after falling off cliff at Palisades Interstate Park

Scene of the incident 
By: David Ross 

A Brooklyn, New York man, fell over a cliff looking over the Hudson River and died, according to emergency workers.

New Jersey Police is investigating the death of the Brooklyn man, who fell off a cliff in the Palisades Interstate Park this weekend.

Artem Adshevy, 26, fell to his death at the Rockefeller Lookout at about 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Police said Adshevy was seen beyond a safety barrier before falling.

A sign placed at the Rockefeller lookout warns visitors: "Do not go beyond the barricade," but some more security measures can be taken to make the area safer for park goers.

"It's a long way down, so it must be protected," Moosely LeBlance, of Brooklyn, New York, said. "Maybe they could put some sort of glass partition over there," he said.

The incident comes two months after the death of 16-year-old John Graniello, who fell down a cliff in Palisades Interstate Park, just north of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee.

The Fort Lee Junior High School student fell over 100 feet after climbing over a security fence that is 3 feet high, police said.

"These are the first two accidents in a dozen years involving accidental deaths," said James Hall, executive director of the commission of the park.

Adshevy’s death has sparked a new debate about security.
Local mayors are looking for more ways to keep people away from the cliffs, which are hundreds of feet above the Hudson River.

Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich suggested that the school district is supposed to educate students about the dangers of climbing over a security fence.

"They have to follow these rules and regulations," said Sokolich.



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