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Skydiver Dies During Jump Near Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 2, 2013

An Elgin woman is dead after what’s being called a skydiving mishap in La Salle County.

La Salle County deputies and Sheridan Ambulance got a call just after 1:30 Thursday afternoon about a skydiver down in a cornfield on East 19th Road in Dayton Township.  32-year old Stephanie Eggum was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe while skydiving, Eggum cut away her main parachute after which she deployed the reserve chute at too low of altitude to save her.

The death remains under investigation by the La Salle County Coroner’s and Sheriff’s offices.

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