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Two Separate Skydiving Incidents Claim the Life of One, Seriously Injure Another

One skydiver is dead and another has sustained serious injuries in two separate incidents in Florida. Sixty-two-year-old Michael Trusser of DeLand, Florida was skydiving in central Florida, according to authorities, when a rough landing caused him to suffer serious injuries. It is suspected that Trusser possibly hit a motor vehicle as he landed in a Volusia County Schools bus terminal Saturday afternoon. Trusser was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Sgt. Chris Estes told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Trusser’s parachute caused him to fall too quickly because it had a “hard opening.”

In northeast Florida that same day, seventy-three-year-old Lawrence Elmore of Keystone Heights died when his main parachute failed to open. Elmore was performing a solo jump at Palatka Municipal Airport. Police report that Elmore’s reserve parachute did not open in time. According to the owner of Skydive Palatka, Elmore was an experienced skydiver who had performed somewhere near 6,000 jumps. Elmore was seen spinning in the air as he fell to the ground, according to witnesses. No foul play is suspected.

1 skydiver dies, another injured in Florida, May 26, 2013

These tragic accidents that took the life of one and drastically changed the life of another forever could have been prevented if the parachutes in both incidents were only operating properly. It is important that devices such as parachutes operate as planned to protect those who enjoy sports like skydiving. Oftentimes, it takes a tragic accident for design and manufacturing defects to materialize. The Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona understand how devastating and frustrating it can be to lose a loved one because of a defective product. The Coral Gables wrongful death attorneys have spent over two decades helping victims and their families recover compensation for their injuries. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a defective product, call a personal injury attorney at (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation. Don’t hesitate!

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