Skydiver is killed after hitting a tree

An extreme sports star skydiving for the opening ceremony of a golf event in California died when he struck a tree.

Placer County sheriff’s Captain Dennis Walsh said Erik Roner, of Tahoe City, died on Monday during a skydiving accident at a golf course in Squaw Valley, about five miles from Lake Tahoe’s north-west shore.

Witnesses said Roner, 39, was part of a group conducting a skydiving performance before a golf tournament when he hit a tree while trying to land and became entangled high above ground.

The authorities were not able to remove him from the tree, and Roner was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other skydivers landed safely on the golf course in Squaw Valley, that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

Roner, a professional skier and avid BASE jumper, was known for being part of Nitro Circus, an MTV show centred around freestyle motocross rider Travis Pastrana and his crew of extreme sports athlete friends.

He also hosted the TV show Locals on sports network Outside Television.

Nitro Circus ended in 2009 after two seasons.

Nitro Circus Live, where Roner also appeared, aired on MTV2 for four seasons until last year.

“Erik was an amazing person who made everyone and everything around him better,” Pastrana said.

Roy Tuscany, a friend of Roner who witnessed the accident, said he watched two other parachutists land safely on the fairway of the ninth but looked on in horror when Roner slammed hard into a tree about 25 to 30 feet above the ground.


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