Skydiver falls to death in DeLand; FAA to investigate

Officials identify skydiver who died as Altamonte Springs man

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DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Officials have identified the man who fell to his death in a skydiving accident in DeLand on Wednesday afternoon.

Santiago Rosell, 62, of Altamonte Springs died during a jump with two other men, a DeLand Police report states. Police say Rosell died on impact in a grassy field near a runway at DeLand Municipal Airport.

"It was a passion that he shared with everyone around him," said Lisa Kittrell of her friend Rosell.  She said he often went skydiving.  "He always had a bright smile on his face when he came back, said, 'I just went skydiving!'"

Federal officials are expected at Skydive DeLand today to investigate the circumstances around Rosell's death.

Two witnesses told police that Rosell's orange reserve parachute was deployed, according to the report, but when he landed he was not breathing.

"It's just devastating. We are in shock," said Kittrell.  "He was a pilot for the GM of the Red Sox.  You always see him wearing something Red Sox or his wife was wearing something Red Sox.  It's just neat."

Rosell leaves behind a wife and two sons.  The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.

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