ELOY, Ariz. — A Salt Lake City man died while skydiving in Arizona on Thursday his parachute collapsed about 100 feet from the ground, witnesses told police.
About 7:25 p.m., the Eloy Police Department responded to the incident at Skydive Arizona, 4900 N. Taylor Drive, in Eloy. They found a man identified as Ronald Mazzola Jr., 37, lying on the ground about 100 feet from the main landing area.
Several people were performing CPR on him when police arrived. Emergency responders continued efforts to revive him, but Mazzola was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
An official cause of the uncontrolled fall hasn't been determined, but a witness described seeing Mazzola's parachute collapse about 100 feet from the ground during his descent. The parachute was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for inspection.
Mazzola's cause of death was under investigation by the Eloy Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division and the Federal Aviation Administration. The Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy, according to police.
Investigators say Mazzola was an experienced skydiver, having participated in more than 800 jumps in the past nine years, with 40 jumps in the past six months.
— Morgan Jacobsen