Extreme Sports Star Killed in Skydive

Erik Roner slammed into tree at Lake Tahoe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2015 12:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – The world of extreme sports is mourning yet another star killed doing what he loved best. Erik Roner made his name as a ski BASE jumper, but his final stunt was a skydive at a golf course at the Squaw Valley resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif., reports the Dallas Morning News. Witnesses say the 39-year-old member of MTV's Nitro Circus team hit a tree while trying to land during a performance with three other skydivers Monday. His friend Roy Tuscany says he watched in horror as Roner slammed into the tree about 30 feet above the ground. He says people tried to stand on each other's shoulders to rescue him. "There's no protocol for this kind of rescue," Tuscany tells the Morning News. "There's no manual. It was just horrible." Roner was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Nitro Circus star Travis Pastrana tells KCRA that he's stunned by the accident, especially since Roner, who joined the crew after helping them BASE jump dirt bikes into the Grand Canyon, was known as the "safety guy" on set. Roner is survived by his wife and two young children. "Erik was an amazing person who made everyone and everything around him better," Pastrana said in a statement. "His smile, laughter, and personality will be missed by everyone at Nitro Circus. Most importantly he has a beautiful wife and amazing kids that will miss him dearly. He is gone ... But will never be forgotten." (In May, BASE jumping legend Dean Potter and another man died while attempting a wingsuit flight in Yosemite National Park.)

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