Man dies after intentionally driving speeding car off rim of the Grand Canyon

A man has taken his own life by driving his car over the famed Grand Canyon's western edge.

The driver of the car, who was not named, was the only person in the car when it happened earlier this week.

Lea Cooper, director of marketing for Grand Canyon Resort Corporation confirmed that the event “appeared to be intentional.”

And CEO of the organisation, Ruby Steele said that she was “devastated by this tragedy".

“The Hualapai people consider the canyon a place of sacred beauty and healing.”

A police investigation is still ongoing, according to the New York Post.

The Canyon is best known for the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that juts out 70 feet from the canyon walls and gives visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.,

As of this year, around 900 deaths have taken place at the Grand Canyon – an average of 11 people per year since records first began.

According to wereintherockies.com, around 198 deaths have taken place because people accidentally fell from a ledge or from within the canyon, or fell intentionally.

Shockingly, around 65 people have fall from the ledges while taking selfies, “horsing around”, being drunk, urinating into the canyon or standing up from having been sitting on the edge of the canyon.

One such reported incident of an accidental fall from a ledge involved one gentleman who was taking a photo of a lodge with his back turned to the canyon.

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He backed up to get a wider angle for his shot, but he backed up too far and tumbled over the edge.

Around 63 people have died inside the canyon itself, while either hiking canyoneering or mining.

And, sadly, around 75 of those who have died at the Canyon were from suicide – either jumping, driving, jumping or from a gunshot.

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