Skydiver from Lodi Parachute Center Killed in Collision with Big Rig on Highway 99

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ACAMPO — Officials say a skydiver was killed Thursday after hitting a big rig on Highway 99 in Acampo.

She took off from the Lodi Parachute Center marking the seventh death at the location since 2016.

California Highway Patrol Officer Reuben Jones says around 2 p.m., a group of seven parachutists was descending when a 28-year-old Hispanic female collided with the rear of a big rig.

She then crashed into the shoulder of the highway.

First responders pronounced her dead at the scene.

The woman’s identity has not been released, but the CHP says she was from Colombia.

Everyone else in her group landed safely.

“It’s a real shame, and I feel bad for the family and everyone else involved,” Silas Fleming, an Acampo resident, told FOX40.

“This place has had accidents in the past,” resident Rebecca Muegge said.

Now some people in the Acampo community are saying enough is enough, and it’s time to move the site to a safer place.

“I feel like we shouldn’t put a skydiving place so close to the highway,” Muegge said.

It’s still unclear why the parachutist drifted onto the freeway, but witnesses describe strong winds at the time of the collision.

One of the lanes was closed as part of the active investigation, but it is now open, according to the CHP.

The infamous skydiving center has an extensive history of deadly accidents. Just last October, 62-year-old Nena Lowry Mason from Dillon, Colorado, fell to her death after her main parachute malfunctioned. Mason’s death marked the sixth fatality since the beginning of 2016.

At the beginning of last year, agents from the Department of Transportation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warrant at the Lodi Parachute Center. During the course of their investigation, agents took hours of skydiving footage, along with credit card transaction data.

The owner of the Lodi Parachute Center declined to comment when contacted by FOX40.

This story is developing.

Correction: The story has been updated to say the parachutist who died was from Colombia, not Columbia.

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