21-year-old woman skydiver injured in hard landing

(DeLand, FL) - A 21-year-old female skydiver was critically injured in a hard fall near Skydive DeLand at the DeLand Municipal Airport.

DeLand Police and Fire responded about 5:34 p.m. Wednesday after the female, later identified as Samantha Smith of DeLand, landed hard west of Skydive DeLand. She was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach and is in critical condition.

Multiple witnesses told police on scene that Smith’s parachute was fully deployed before she attempted to make a turn and was unable to fully stabilize herself before hitting a gravel walkway.

Volusia County Fire Services assisted in the response.