Teen Dies in Quarry Jump Rite

65-foot plunge was made famous in 1979 film
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 7:37 AM CDT
Attempting the 65-foot jump off at Rooftop Quarry is seen as a rite of passage by some students at nearby Indiana University.    (coheedcollapse)
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(Newser) – A teenage rite of passage made popular in a movie claimed a life yesterday when an 18-year-old high school graduate plunged 65 feet to his death into an Indiana quarry pool, ABC reports. The plunge was featured in the 1979 coming-of-age movie Breaking Away and is routinely copied by local youth, despite the best efforts of law enforcement to stop them.

"There are people who have died there and people who are still paralyzed, but they want to experience it for themselves," said a spokesman for the sheriff's office. "It's kind of like Russian Roulette."