Ohio man killed in Venango County rock climbing accident

Submitted Mon, 09/17/2012 - 6:54am by Andy Alm

A Saturday afternoon rock climbing expedition in Venango County turns tragic.  55-year-old Warren Ohio man Darryl Donley was killed while exploring a rock face in the Panther Caves area in President Township.  Investigators say Donley was instructing a teenage girl as the two of them made their way up the rock face.  At one point, the girl apparently got stuck, and Donley gave her directions that ultimately helped her finish the climb unhurt.

But Donley wasn’t so fortunate.  Police say his feet slipped, and he fell some 40 feet, striking his head on a large rock before falling an additional 15 to 20 feet to the ground.

Various rescue teams recovered Donley’s body from the bottom of the rock face.  He was pronounced dead by the Venango County Coroner, who said he suffered severe blunt force trauma to the head.

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