Marine Who Died in Parachuting Accident Near Perris ID'd

Caleb Medley suffered fatal injuries around 3 p.m. Tuesday near Perris Valley Airport.

A U.S. Marine killed in a skydiving accident just north of Perris Valley Airport was identified Wednesday as a 26-year-old Burlington, Colo., resident.

Caleb Medley suffered fatal injuries around 3 p.m. Tuesday when his parachute apparently failed to deploy and he plummeted into a storage yard in the 2000 block of Goetz Road, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

The Camp Pendleton-based Marine was pronounced dead at the scene.

Medley was doing training exercises at Perris Valley Skydiving with a group of Marines from Camp Pendleton at the time.

The circumstances of the accident were under investigation, sheriff's officials said.

Meanwhile, the Marine Corps has not confirmed his identity, though the 1st Marine Division did announce that a Camp Pendleton-based Marine had died during a training accident Tuesday.

More information about the incident was expected to be released Thursday morning, a spokesman for the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton told Patch Wednesday.

—City News Service and Maggie Avants contributed to this report.

OEFrank February 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM
The proper protocol is to wait until the Marine Corps gives the confirmation that is in fact the subject name marine...Hopefully his family was notified first before the media made his name public.
Carla S February 28, 2013 at 12:34 AM
dick weed February 28, 2013 at 12:47 AM
god bless his family members and friends, and thanks for his service
Daniel Woolfolk February 28, 2013 at 01:29 AM
The coroner's office has the similar protocol. They don't release the information until after the knows the name.
Beth February 28, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Horrible accident. Praying for peace for himself and his family. RIP.


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