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Hiker who died after collapsing on Cowles Mountain identified

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Posted at 8:38 AM, Sep 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 16:59:44-04
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities released the name Monday of a 64-year-old man who collapsed and died over the weekend during a hike to the summit of Cowles Mountain.
 
Witnesses reported seeing Andrew Lewis of San Diego fall to the ground while ascending a trail toward the 1,593-foot peak in Mission Trails Regional Park about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.
 
Bystanders performed CPR on Lewis until personnel aboard a rescue helicopter lowered a crew member down to their location, fire department spokesman Lee Swanson said. The paramedic took over the lifesaving efforts, which proved futile. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
A cause-of-death ruling was on hold pending completion of postmortem exams.