Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fatal accident occurred May 11, 2017 on Hutchinson Island South, St. Lucie County, Florida

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A 48-year-old Vero Beach man was killed Thursday afternoon in a paramotor accident on Hutchinson Island, said St. Lucie County sheriff’s officials.

Arthur Levy died after his backpack-powered parachute crashed near Middle Cove Beach about 1 p.m. Thursday, officials said. Paramedics pronounced Levy dead at the scene.

A paramotor is a motorized, steerable paraglider that’s powered by a motor and propeller harnessed to the pilot’s back.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. No further information was available late Thursday.

In 2011, Levy was hospitalized after an accidental midair collision of two motor-powered paragliders, according to a Martin County sheriff’s report.

He plummeted 50 feet after the collision above Pasley Beach Park and was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce in good condition.

His flying partner, Richard Weston of Palm City, walked away after landing with a parachute. He sustained minor injuries that paramedics treated at the scene.

Just before the accident, Weston was in the air, waiting for Levy to take off so Weston could land. As Levy took off to the south, Weston descended, but Levy turned to the north and collided with Weston.

Weston inflated his parachute and safely descended. Levy fell directly to the ground, severely fracturing his right ankle. He also complained of neck and back pain.

Each of them had flown at the beach before, said Weston, who has seven years of experience flying paragliders.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.tcpalm.com

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