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
Teen Dies in Quarry Jump Rite
Attempting the 65-foot jump off at Rooftop Quarry is seen as a rite of passage by some students at nearby Indiana University.    (coheedcollapse)

(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.

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"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." (Read more accident stories.)

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