Parachutist who died after veering off course in Orange identified

For the Gazette
Published: 6/6/2018 11:02:00 AM

ORANGE — The parachutist who died Monday from injuries received when she struck a barn Saturday has been identified as as Alexis Zays, 27, of Long Island, New York, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office

Zayas died after she “veered off course” and struck a barn on South Main Street Saturday, according to spokeswoman Mary Carey. The DA’s state police investigators and the Orange Police Department are investigating.

A press statement from Carey said the victim was transported to Athol Hospital following the crash, before being transferred to University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

According to Adam Klimpp from the Orange Municipal Airport, no incident was reported on airport property Saturday.

He referred reporters to Jumptown Skydiving, a skydiving center that provides services for skydiving out of Orange Municipal Airport. Jumptown Skydiving is operated by the nonprofit organization Massachusetts Sport Parachute Club, according to its website.

Kevin Drivas, general manager for Jumptown Skydiving, said Monday the incident is “still under investigation” and that Jumptown does not have a comment.

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