Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of racer Stephanie Eggum, who died Thursday, Aug. 1, in a skydiving accident.

She won the 2007 NHRA Sport Compact Nationals in Las Vegas.


Skydive accident kills Elgin woman

08/02/2013, 9:52 am

A 32-year-old Elgin woman died Thursday afternoon in a skydiving accident at Skydive Chicago north of Ottawa.

Stephanie Eggum was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release this morning from the La Salle County Sheriff's Office.

"Preliminary investigation indicates that while skydiving, Eggum had cut away her main parachute after which she deployed the reserve chute at an altitude too low to allow full deployment," police reported.

Deputies and a Sheridan ambulance were called about 1:36 p.m. to a cornfield off East 19th Road in Dayton Township. Police said they are still investigating the incident.