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Paraglider killed in crash on Colorado’s Mt. Herman

Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

A man in his early 50s was killed this afternoon when he paraglided into the side of Mt. Herman near Monument, authorities say.

When hikers, who saw the crash, reached the man he was unconscious and not breathing, said Sgt. Jeanette Whitney, El Paso County Sheriff’s spokeswoman.

“We’re in the process of trying to notify his family,” Whitney said. The man’s name is being withheld until his family can be contacted.

The man was paragliding alone when he lost control and struck the side of the mountain at 1:37 p.m., she said. Whitney said she did not know what the terrain was like where he crashed.

“The wind may have shifted,” Whitney said.

Hikers in the area rushed to the man and performed CPR, but were unable to resuscitate him, she said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:25 p.m., Whitney said.

El Paso County Search and Rescue team members are bringing his body down the mountain, she said.

Kirk Mitchell: 303-954-1206 or kmitchell@denverpost.com




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