Teen killed in skydiving accident in Fremont County

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FLORENCE, Colo. (KKTV) - A 17-year-old was killed in a skydiving accident Sunday morning.

The teen was visiting from Texas and was skydiving for his first time, according to Fremont County Coroner Randy Keller. Keller said the boy's parachute opened, but there were "some complications" after that. According to the sheriff's office, the boy was jumping alone.

The accident happened just after 10 a.m. at High Sky Adventures off Highway 50 near the Fremont County Airport. The teen's family attempted life-saving measures while waiting for first responders. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. He was one day shy of his 18th birthday.

11 News talked to Skip Moreau over the phone. He owns and operates High Sky Adventures. He said he's been working to figure out what went wrong, but "can't come up with an answer."

Moreau says the jump was recorded and he's been replaying the incident over and over. He says everything looked good.

Moreau told us he was in radio contact with the teen the entire time. Moreau had him performing right turns, left turns, and said everything "looked good" from the ground. The teen's parachute was packed correctly, deployed correctly, he added, and called it a "good exit".

The Fremont County Investigations Unit, the county coroner's office, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. Moreau says the FAA didn't find anything wrong and they are cleared to continue operating.

Moreau told 11 News the FAA does not have age requirements to jump alone, only for tandem jumps. The teen went through the training course on Saturday and another refresher course on Sunday morning before the jump.

Moreau said he's been operating for 26 years and has anywhere between 600-700 students a year. He said they've never had any serious injuries before Sunday's death.

Moreau says he's having a difficult time with what happened and hasn't decided if they'll get back to jumping this weekend.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.