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.
Smith was an experienced jumper and had performed six previous jumps Wednesday, the report said.
DeLand police and fire officials responded to the scene near the city’s airport, as did Volusia County Fire Services.
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