Pilot dies after paragliding accident

Jeff Toll (Photo courtesy Team Fly Halo website)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police say a man died Tuesday night after a paragliding accident in Chesapeake.

State police said 26-year-old Jeff Toll was operating a powered paraglider when something went wrong. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Chesapeake Regional Hospital, where he died.

Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call just before 6 p.m. for the incident in the 700 block of Beaver Dam Road, according to Capt. Scott Saunders with the Chesapeake Fire Department.

“He was just laying there still in his harness,” said Stephen Jennings, who owns the farm where the crash happened. “We had to cut him out. The other man was doing CPR while I was calling 911.”

Members of the Jennings family explained Toll and his friend had been flying out on their Hickory farm for years. Friends of Toll also said he was an experienced paragliding pilot who had been flying for years. They said Toll was part owner of the company Fly Halo and taught people across the country how to paraglide.

“He loves coming out here any chance he can get,” John Jennings said.

Virginia State Police continue to investigate the crash. Initial accounts from witnesses stated he struck power lines, but an autopsy determined he did not hit any lines, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

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