Authorities: Skydiver dies after hitting sign in Illinois

Defocused shot of ambulance on a city street

Defocused shot of ambulance on a city street

WEDRON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say they are continuing their investigation to find the cause of a skydiving accident that left an Illinois man dead.

The La Salle County sheriff’s office says 48-year-old Michael Collins of Lacon died early Sunday, October 23, 2016 from injuries suffered when he struck a billboard as he neared the ground.

The (LaSalle) News Tribune reports Collins had drifted off course during the skydive. Marseilles emergency responders found Collins suspended from the billboard about 1 foot off the ground. He was cut down and given life-support measures.

Life Flight was contacted and Collins was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where the DuPage County coroner’s office pronounced him dead from massive traumatic injuries.

In addition to the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.