A skydiver killed at the Livingston Roundup Rodeo executed a maneuver too close to the ground and descended too fast, a companion skydiver said.
The victim died Thursday evening when he crashed into the arena during a performance of the rodeo. The Park County coroner was expected to release the man’s name Friday.
Skydiving is a regular part of the Roundup, which is held here each July 2-4. Jumpers try to land in the arena and two skydivers had landed safely during an earlier jump.
So did Bob Rux, a Billings skydiver who jumped with the victim.
“He was a very confident person who made a bad decision,” Rux said. “He just executed a very radical turn too close to the ground.”
The accident occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday.
According to Rux, the victim was an experienced skydiver with more than 500 jumps.
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