DeLand sky diver sent wife video foretelling suicidal plunge

Vincent Carr
July 16, 2017

But it was all too late as the suicidal parachuter had just jumped moments before.

Vitantonio's wife, Costanza Zitellini, allegedly received the video message and then immediately went to the Skydive DeLand hanger to bar her husband from getting on the plane.

An experienced skydiver told his wife in a video message that he would not be deploying his parachute, but she was too late to save him, according to reports. A google search turned up some information, including a 2011 story about Robert Raecke a 60-year-old sky diver who unbuckled his parachute in the sky north of Albany, New York and plunged 8,000 feet to his death.

Richards told police she had seen Vitantonio before the flight and "he had seemed normal".

They eventually found him face down in an open field near the runway.

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City of DeLand spokesman Chris Graham said DeLand police could not recall any prior investigations involving a suicide by a sky diver.

A chaplain was called to the scene to let Costansa know that Capotorto had died. Pictured on the right, the man's wife, Costansa Litellini.

The United States Parachute Association, of which Skydive Deland is a member, reported 21 fatalities related to skydiving in 2016 out of 3.2 million estimated jumps by its members, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Capotorto's wife declined comment when reached at home Friday morning. Image via Facebook.Pictured Deland, Florida skydiver, Capotorto Vitantonio.

A manager at the company said that they have the best aircraft in the nation and noted that "when a person steps out the door, they are responsible for themselves".

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