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Georgia teenager, instructor die in parachuting accident

2020-07-19

A Georgia teenager and her skydiving instructor died on Sunday after the parachute ring they were sharing failed to properly open during their jump, authorities said.

Jeanna Triplicata, 18, and Nick Esposito, an experienced 35-year-old skydiver, were pronounced dead in a field near Thomaston-Upson County Airport, according to the local sheriff’s office.

An emergency parachute didn’t deploy until the two had fallen close the ground, and the safety parachute failed to fully open, Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore said in a statement.

Jeanna recently graduated from Northgate High School in Newnan, Ga., where she was a member of the color guard, and she worked a job at a local pizza joint, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Joey Triplicata, Jeanna’s father, said his daughter was headed to the University of North Georgia to study education and was “going to be a great teacher,” according to the Journal-Constitution.

An investigation was launched into the accident.

Kristina Esposito, the wife of Nick Esposito, said her husband was a “truly amazing human” who “just put everyone else first,” The Macon Telegraph reported.