Skydiving accident seriously injures NJ resident

WAWAYANDA, N.Y. - A skydiver jumping from a hot-air balloon in Orange County crashed to the ground last night, suffering severe injuries.

Carmen DeStephano, who lives on Greeves Road, told News 12 New Jersey that he watched helplessly as 33-year-old Helen Woznak, of North Arlington, crash-landed in a backyard across the street from his house just after 7:30 p.m.

Officials say DeStephano along with three other experienced skydivers, hired Enchanted Balloons, of Slate Hill, to take them up approximately 4,000-5,000 feet.

New York State Police Capt. Marty Hanson says Woznak's parachute fully deployed.

DeStefano told News 12 New Jersey that the victim came in very low, swooping over his house, and made a sharp right angle turn into the ground.

Officials say Woznak suffered severe head and internal injuries. She is currently in serious condition at Westchester Medical Center, while the accident is still under investigation.

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