published Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Skydiver crashes before Lookouts season debut

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    A skydiver is taken off AT&T Field by Hamilton County EMS tonight at the Chattanooga Lookouts opening game after he was injured parachuting into the stadium.
    Photo by Ellis Smith /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A member of the Chattanooga Skydiving Company slammed into center field tonight before the start of the Southern League season opener at AT&T Field between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Jackson Generals.

Justin Silvia hit the ground hard at 7:19 and remained there for 17 minutes before being taken off on a stretcher. He gave the thumbs up while being carried off.

The Lookouts then took the field, and the first pitch by Carlos Frias was at 7:38.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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