Death on trails prompts concern

The recent death of a man on a Carmel Valley trail has some suggesting that mile markers be installed, making it easier for emergency responders to locate anyone in need of help.

The CVREP (Carmel Valley Restoration Enhancement Project) trail is a bike path that runs alongside Highway 56, with trailheads on Carmel Country and Carmel Creek Road. Riders, walkers and runners frequent the trail and local high school cross-country teams use it for practices.

On July 11 at 6:37 a.m., a 50-year-old man was found lying on the trail unconscious but breathing just west of the Clews Horse Ranch. Firefighters responded to the scene and gave CPR before transporting the man to Scripps Memorial Hospital where he died.

Christian Clews, a member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board and chair of their CVREP subcommittee suggested they look into the mile marker placements to help in future incidents.

San Diego Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque said that mile markers can be useful to responders - the ones on Cowles Mountain have been useful in pinpointing the exact location of individuals.

A local Boy Scout troop has already expressed some interest in taking on the CVREP mile marker work as a potential Eagle Scout project.


Last week, the Leader reported on how the death of a man on a CVREP trail has prompted an effort to place mile markers on the trail to better assist emergency responders.

San Diego Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque said that the man, who has been identified as local Little League coach Eric Leonard, was found unconscious but breathing at around 6:37 a.m. July 11.

However, his wife, Susan Leonard, spoke to the person who found her husband and said Eric was not breathing and did not have a pulse when he was found.

Eric Leonard, 50, had been jogging the trail with the family dog.