Sheffield authorities identify Delaware man who fell to his death


SHEFFIELD -- Local police have identified the hiker who died after falling 35 feet down a ravine at Race Brook Falls near the Connecticut border.

Sheffield Police Chief Eric R. Munson III said Thursday afternoon 28-year-old Benjamin Lewis of Newark, Del., fell on Wednesday while hiking with his brother at the falls along the Appalachian Trail.

Luke Lewis, 22, also from Newark, didn't witness the fall as he was just ahead of his brother. The younger sibling wasn't hurt.

Munson and state police from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office returned to the scene, 1 1/2 miles off Route 41, to investigate the mishap.

"It was an unfortunate accident," the police chief said.

Foul play has been ruled out, but Munson noted an autopsy will be conducted by a state medical examiner because authorities officially ruled the accident an unattended death.

The Lewis brothers were on a trip along the Appalachian Trail and were hiking the most treacherous section of the falls, according to local emergency officials.

To reach Dick Lindsay: or (413) 496-6233.


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