SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office said Robert McQuistion, 65, died from blunt-force injuries to his head, neck and torso Tuesday afternoon.
One of the owner’s of Skydive Rick’s said McQuistion told one owner he wanted to do one last jump by himself, Sunday afternoon.
“When he left the plane, he flipped off backwards and he caught his leg in the lines,” said Kay Kuhns, co-owner of Skydive Rick’s. When his legs got caught in the main parachute, co-owner Rick Kuhns told the man to cut it away so he could deploy the reserve parachute. The main parachute didn’t completely cut away. The reserve parachute did open, but the man was spinning and falling at a dangerous speed.
Witnesses said Doctors rushed to where the man landed, arriving within minutes, according to Kay Kuhns. Springfield Township emergency crews were on the scene in ten minutes. Paramedics took the man to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boardman, where he eventually died.
The report also stated that some witnesses believed a medical problem may have caused McQuistion to pass out as his emergency parachute deployed. While the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner conducted the autopsy for the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office, the examiner discovered there was no evidence of a heart attack or stroke.
According to the report, McQuistion was an experienced skydiver. The 65-year-old veteran did a number of jumps during his military career.
Skydive Rick’s says it has never had a fatality before Sunday. The owners both wished to send their deepest condolences to the family.