Kapil Dinani Death – A 33-year-old Snohomish County man died in a solo skydiving accident Saturday afternoon in the 11000 block of U.S. Highway 101 near Sanderson Field. The victim has been identified as Kapil Dinani of Seattle. According to reports, Kapil Dinani passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. Jaime Taylor, the Mason County medical professional says that the cause of death was a blunt force trauma to the chest.
How did the crash happen?
Taylor said that the person hit the tree because the parachute hit a tree. The parachute worked as it was supposed to, but when the person was trying to land, they hit a tree. While driving near U.S. Highway 101, an EMS unit saw a parachutist land on a hill east of the highway. When the EMS unit came to check on the parachutist, he wasn’t moving or breathing.
Kapil Dinani’s cause of death
The team tried to save the person’s life and called for more help, but they were not able to. Fire District 11 said the news release is all they know about the crash right now. Jason Dracobly of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office told the Journal that they are looking into death and that it is a simple case.
Skydive Kapowsin declined to comment further to the Journal other than the press release, pending the conclusion of an investigation with local authorities.
“The skydiving community is a close-knit group and any loss of its members is felt by all,” Skydive Kapowsin said in a news release. “Skydive Kapowsin management and community extends its condolences to the family and friends of the young man who lost his life.”
An obituary is not available at this time for Kapil Dinani.
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Officers arrived to find the two vehicles severely damaged. According to authorities, the driver of the pickup vehicle was brought to the hospital with significant injuries. He displayed signs of impairment, according to police, and is being investigated for vehicular homicide. The driver and passenger in the car were pronounced deceased at the site by Seattle Fire Department personnel. They were both 18 at the time. They have been identified as Khalea Thoeuk, 18, and Riley Danard, 18. They appear to be Snohomish High School students.
In a statement, the district said:
“It is with extreme sadness that I write to tell you that we have learned that two students from our Panther community have passed away after being involved in a tragic car accident early this morning. We are reaching out to parents/guardians to allow you to share this news with your student in whatever way you feel is appropriate. Out of respect, student names have not been released and we are asking our Panther community to please respect these families’ privacy. We do know that some students are already aware of these deaths and that they may be discussing it with each other.”
The district also noted that mental health professionals will be available to students.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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