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Camp Pendleton Marine killed in skydiving accident identified as Caleb Medley of Colorado
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Issue 09, Volume 17.
Caleb Medley of Burlington, Colo., suffered fatal injuries about 3 p.m. Tuesday when his parachute apparently failed to deploy properly and he fell into a storage yard in the 2000 block of Goetz Road, just north of Perris Valley Airport, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office. He died at the scene.
Medley was taking part in training exercises with a group of fellow Marines at the time of his death, sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told reporters.
The circumstances of the accident were under investigation.
U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in skydiving accident
PERRIS - An investigation was under way today into the death of a U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in a skydiving accident near Perris Valley Airport.
County firefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. on a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road, north of where Perris Valley Skydiving is located at the airport, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.
The man was declared dead at thescene, she said.
The victim was doing training exercises at Perris Valley Skydiving with a group of Marines from Camp Pendleton at the time of his death, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
The circumstances of the accident were under investigation and the man's identity was being withheld pending notification of his family, Capt. Alex H. Lim, a Marine Corps spokesman, told the newspaper.
The skydiver landed in a 10-acre storage yard on the grounds of construction equipment auction company Western Construction Auctions, company CEO Eric Kazakoff, told The Press-Enterprise.
"The parachute didn't open ... There was not a lot anybody could do," he told the paper.
Man dies in skydiving accident
PERRIS - A skydiver died today in an accident near Perris Valley Airport, a county fire department spokeswoman said.
It was unclear what went wrong, but county firefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. on a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.
The man was declared dead at the scene, she said.
Perris Valley Skydiving is at the airport.
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