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Skydiver falls to his death in the middle of New Jersey family's Easter egg hunt

"As soon as I seen that I knew he was in trouble," witness says.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J., April 21 (UPI) -- The Dye family of New Jersey had their Easter egg hunt interrupted Sunday when a skydiver fell out of the sky in a fatal accident in Washington Township.

The diver, 49-year-old Arkady Shenker, jumped out of a plane operated by Freefall Adventures Skydiving School. He was wearing a special “wing suit” that may not have worked correctly. According to the school’s website, their divers jump from 13,500 feet.

The Dyes were having their annual hunt when they saw the skydiver having problems.

"I saw the jumpers. Then I noticed one, and he kind of looked like he was conscious. He was just spinning," Annie Marie Dye told 6ABC.

Shenker fell into a nearby backyard, where witnesses say he appeared to be breathing though unconscious. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

"We seen him coming down. He was going around and around and the chute was here and he was here," Lamont Dye told NBC 10. "As soon as I seen that I knew he was in trouble."

The Washington Township Police Department, Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and FAA are all investigating the accident.


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