Superstar Athlete Dies in Skydiving Accident
Erik Roner, an extreme sports athlete, died in a skydiving accident last Monday.
Details of the Fatal Skydiving Accident
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Roner was skydiving for the opening ceremony of a golf event when he crashed into a tree. Roner was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses of the incident said that Roner was in a group performing a skydiving show and that when he tried to land, he became tangled high above ground. The authorities were unable to remove Roner from the tree. The other skydiving performers landed safely on the golf course in Squaw Valley, California.
Roner was a part of the extreme sports shows, “Nitro Circus” and “Nitro Circus Live.”
A friend of the deceased, Roy Tuscany, said he watched Roner slam into a tree that sat high above the ground. He said Roner’s parachute got caught in the tree while Roner dangled there. At one point, several people were trying to stand on one another’s shoulders to reach him.
Roner is survived by his wife and two children.
Skydiving Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the United States Parachute Association (USPA):
- 24 people were killed in skydiving accidents in 2014.
- An additional 729 people were injured in skydiving accidents.
- The most common cause of skydiving accidents is human error.