Fellow skydivers are grieving for one of their own following a sky dive that turned deadly.
The scene of the sky diving accident at Skydance Skydiving in Davis is one Sharon Hawkins says she will never forget.
“As I was in the landing area, I did witness, he fell out of the harness and, we don’t know how, but he fell out of his harness and saw the canopy flying towards that direction and there was no reserve opening,” said Hawkins.
Hawkins says the accident happened during the last jump of the day around 6 p.m. Saturday. Hawkins says she saw what happened to the 23-year-old experienced diver from the ground.
“He just fell, he just fell from the sky and we don’t know why,” said Hawkins.
Hawkins, who is from Carson City, is at Skydance Skydiving School in Davis for its skills training camp. The jumper they know as “Kofer” showed up for fun jumps.
“If you missed a connection or not check you gear properly, things can happen and you can die,” explained Hawkins.
The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department confirms there was a problem with the jumper’s parachute. Medics pronounced the skydiver dead a short time later at the hospital.
“Our prayers go out to the family of him and all of his friends are deeply, deeply hurt and we just hope we they can come back from this tragedy,” said Hawkins.
The cause of the skydiving accident remains unknown and under investigation.