A 60-year-old Berkeley man fell to his death Sunday night after losing his footing at a popular sightseeing turnout along Grizzly Peak Boulevard, authorities said.

The man, identified late Monday as Donald O'Dwyer, fell about 110 feet after slipping on the edge of the hillside near signpost 14 on the road, said UC Berkeley Police Lt. Marc DeCoulode.

The fall was reported at 8:24 p.m. to the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department and University of California, Berkeley, police officers followed up on the investigation, DeCoulode said.

The man, who was alone, was witnessed by others walking and then slipping down the steep hill. UC Berkeley Police Capt. Stephen Roderick said all information indicates it was an accidental fall.

Several others have fallen from high lookout spots on Grizzly Peak.

In May, Concord resident Lorenzo Baltazar-Trujillo, 22, fell off a rock near signpost 15 and died, police said.

In November 2012, Richmond resident Jonathan Mendiola Urbina, 24, died from a fall at the same location.

Staff writer Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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