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Texas woman awarded $760K for skydiving accident in Oklahoma

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 13:07:07-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A Texas woman has been awarded $760,000 after she was badly injured in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma.

Mackenzie Wethington was 16 in January 2014 when her parachute malfunctioned and she fell more than 3,000 feet to the ground in Chickasha. Her injuries included damage to her liver and a kidney, some bleeding in her brain, and a broken pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, shoulder blade and several ribs and several teeth.

Court records show the now-19-year-old Wethington of Joshua, Texas, was awarded $760,000 last week.

Robert Swainson, the owner of now-closed Pegasus Air Sports in Chickasha, has said he believes Wethington panicked and didn't follow instructions. The lawsuit said the teenager wasn't properly trained and that her parachute was inappropriate for her skill level.

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