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Skydiver Dies After Getting Tangled In Parachute

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A skydiver was killed after he got tangled in a parachute and plunged into the backyard of a resident in Lake Elsinore.

Ken Oka, 62, of Mira Loma died after attempting a complicated maneuver with a group of other skydivers on Saturday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times. He got ensnared in the parachute and couldn't free himself, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Oka landed in a backyard around 3 pm, but he did not die upon impact. The other skydivers landed in the area. Resident Alma Lopez told the Lake Elsinore Patch one man landed on her roof and another landed in her front yard. She said one man was disturbed because he knew that Oka was dead or seriously injured. Lopez told Patch, "He was hysterical. He wanted to see his friend."

She drove the man to where Oka was found. They were administering CPR to him when they arrived. Oka was rushed to a hospital where he died a short time after arriving.

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Sheriff's deputies as well as the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

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