Authorities released the name of a 48-year-old man on Tuesday died a week ago when he tried to jump BASE on an apartment building in University City.
The Cardiff County Medical Examiner’s Office said Cardiff resident Eric Roden jumped from the 23rd floor of the Palisade UTC, a luxury 23-story apartment building on the corner of Lomard Place and Nobel Drive. The Medical Examiner’s Office said that based on eyewitness accounts, Rodin’s parachute may have been malfunctioning.
Several witnesses called 911 to report the incident at about 10:30 p.m. One of them heard a loud pop that sounded like a shot, stepped onto a balcony and saw a man bleeding to the ground, according to San Diego police. Rodin, who was wearing a helmet, landed on a strip of grass, according to the forensic office and police.
Police and paramedics gave Roden CPR, but he died on the spot.
Among the witnesses was his 16-year-old daughter, according to police.
“Not only is one life lost, but another is completely devastated,” Officer Scott Wahl said last week. “Our heart is with her and the rest of his family.”
BASE jumping consists of a parachute made of fixed objects. The acronym BASE means categories of objects that people jump from: buildings, antennas, openings and land, such as rocks.
The Palisade UTC is 277 feet high, according to Emporis, an online database of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings.
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