Man Dies From Falling Off Rock

"The Rock" in Sewanee... By Barry West

A 50 year old Pennsylvania man fell to his death Saturday night on Sewanee Mountain in Franklin County. According to Franklin county Sheriff Tim Fuller, Eric Petrilla of Pennsylvania and his son had been sitting on what is known as The Rock that sits on the side of Highway 64 watching the sunset. According to the sheriff, he apparently stood up to look off the side of the mountain and fell some 50 feet to his death. Petrillla’s son attempted to catch him but was unable to do so. He was flown to Erlanger Medical Center where died. Petrilla had been staying in Sewanee with his brother Dr. Matt Petrilla.