Death of Skydiver Appears to be Suicide
DELAND, Fla. – A skydiver in Florida sent his wife a video on Tuesday. He said he was “not going to pull the cord” moments before jumping to his death, police have reported.
Capotorto Vitantonio, 27, was at Skydive DeLand, 22 miles southwest of Daytona Beach, about 10 a.m. when he jumped from a plane and didn’t pull the cord to open his parachute, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Skydiver Sent Wife Chilling Message
DeLand Police released a revised report Friday saying Vitantonio’s wife, Costansa Litellini, 25, received a chilling video from her husband. In it he said he was “not going to pull the cord and that he was going somewhere wonderful.”
As a result, she ran into the skydiving center begging the employees to radio the plane to stop her husband. However, the plane had already departed. By the time the alert reached the aircraft, it was too late. Her husband had already jumped.
The general manager of the center told Daytona Beach News-Journal Litellini arrived “moments too late.”
Everything Seemed Normal
Employees said Vitantonio went to the center that morning and “had seemed normal.”
Vitantonio was found facedown in an open field near DeLand Municipal Airport. He was a veteran skydiver. He worked at United Parachute Technologies, a company that makes containers for parachutes, with his wife, the newspaper reported.
Skydive DeLand has had five fatalities since 2013, according to the newspaper. It is one of the nation’s busiest skydiving facilities in the nation.
(Photo: Vitantonio Capotorto Facebook)