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Kroger manager killed in Chimney Top Rock fall

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Posted at 1:48 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 13:48:17-05

WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. – A 28-year-old Kroger manager in training was killed Sunday morning after falling from Chimney Top Rock at Red River Gorge.

Officials said Timothy James Amiot, of Batavia, crossed the railing and jumped across the crack at the Daniel Boone National Forest trail when he landed on the “chimney” and rolled his ankle. He fell off the 200-foot drop, according to the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team.

Amiot died on impact, rescuers said.

A view of Chimney Top Rock. Courtesy Wiki Creative Commons.

Kroger spokeswomen Patty Leesemann said Amiot was a store manager trainee at the Cherry Grove Plaza Kroger at 450 Beechmont Ave.

"The Kroger family extends its deepest sympathy to Timothy's family and friends," Leesemann said. "They are in our thoughts and prayers."

Members of the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team work to recover the body of a man who fell from Chimney Top Rock.

Amiot was not the only Kroger employee to die after a fall at Chimney Top Rock this year. Jason M. Lazor, 36, a senior marketing director with Kroger, fell from the trail while he was with about 25 campers on Feb. 6. Witnesses told rescue crews they watched Lazor climb over a protective railing and disappear between two halves of the rock formations.

Amiot's death was also the third at Chimney Top Rock this year, according to rescuers. In October, a Goshen, Ohio man was also killed when he fell from the overlook at the rock.

No other details have been released.