Skydiver Aime-Jean St Hilaire-Adam Killed; Parachute Fails to Open
PERRIS, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2018) — A skydiver was killed Monday afternoon when their parachute failed to open and they landed on a rooftop in the 200 block of Caldera Street, according to the Cal-Fire Riverside County Fire Department.
UPDATE: Aime-Jean St Hilaire-Adam, 27, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada identified as skydiver killed, Riverside County Sheriff Coroner reports.
A witness told KTLA news that the skydiver’s emergency parachute deployed just moments before hitting the roof about 3 p.m., but it was too late to prevent fatal injuries. He died at 3:25 p.m. at the scene of the accident.
It is certainly not unusual for skydivers to be in this area. In fact, Skydive Perris operates out of the Perris Valley Airport, just two miles from where this person hit the rooftop.
The incident will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Liability for Skydive Accidents
Some 20 people have died in skydive-related accidents at the Perris facility since 2000, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
It’s a dangerous activity and one that is not well regulated. According to a 2008 report by the National Transportation Safety Board, there was “inadequate Federal Aviation Administration oversight and direct surveillance of parachute operations” at these facilities.
Additionally, operators of skydiving companies are now being held responsible if uncertified instructors lead tandem jumps, under the new Tyler’s Law. This law was established last year after Tyler Nicholas Turner, 18, of Los Banos died along with his tandem instructor who was not certified.
Wrongful Death Attorney
There will be an investigation into this skydiver’s death to determine why the parachute didn’t open and if there is liability on the part of the facility where the person took off from. If the skydiving facility is found liable, the family of the person who died may consider filing a wrongful death claim. If you have legal questions and would like to speak with an attorney about a potential case, contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801 to request a free consultation.
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