21-year-old woman critically injured in hard fall while skydiving in Volusia – Orlando Sentinel

A 21-year-old woman was critically injured after suffering a hard fall while skydiving Wednesday evening in Volusia County, authorities said.

The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. near Skydive DeLand, said Chris Graham, a spokesman for the city. Samantha Smith of DeLand was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach and was in critical but stable condition as of shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, Graham said.

The incident remains under investigation, but witnesses told police that Smith’s parachute was fully deployed before she attempted to turn and could not stabilize herself fully before hitting a gravel walkway, Graham said.

Smith bounced off the ground and landed about 15 feet away in the designated landing area in the grass, the police report said.

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