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SLC man dies in skydiving accident in Arizona

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-02 18:28:17-05

ELOY, Ariz. — A Salt Lake City man is dead after a skydiving accident in Eloy, Ariz., on New Year’s Eve.

Ronald Mazzola Jr., 37, was skydiving at Skydive Arizona, 4900 N. Taylor Drive, when his parachute malfunctioned, according to a press release from Eloy Police.

A witness reported seeing Mazzola’s parachute collapse about 100 feet from the ground as Mazzola was descending, the release states.

Bystanders were performing CPR when officers arrived. When the Eloy Fire District arrived on scene, life-saving efforts continued but Mazzola was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mazzola was an experienced skydiver. The release states Mazzola had more than nine years of experience and participated in more than 800 jumps.

The parachute was turned over to the FAA for inspection.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Eloy Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the FAA.