Lisa Perdichizzi, who died following a motorcycle accident in the United States. Photo: http://梧桐夜网apf.asn419论坛/ Clay Anderson, who died at the scene of a motorcycle accident in the US. Photo: Facebook
Australian skydivers killed in US motorbike crash
She had completed over 3000 skydives, competed in world championships and set an Australian record for four-way formations during a live broadcast sky dive.
But Lisa Perdichizzi’s main love – the perilous sport of skydiving – was not what killed her.
The 37-year-old, from Queensland, was hit by a car while riding a motorbike through the US state of New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Her partner, Clay Anderson, was on the bike with her and died at the scene. Ms Perdichizzi was flown to hospital with serious injuries and died the next day.
They were on one of two motorbikes travelling on Route 13 in Brookline, New Hampshire, when a car driven by Michael Ramos, 41, crossed onto the wrong side of the road, the New Hampshire Trooper’s Association said in a statement on their Facebook page.
It’s believed the couple were visiting one of Mr Anderson’s friends, Christine St Jean, in America and the trio were riding across several states together. Ms St Jean, from Massachusetts, was riding the second motorcycle and also died at the scene.
Ms Perdichizzi had been skydiving for 17 years and held leadership positions with countless skydiving organisations and clubs.
She led the Australian team in the World Parachuting Championships in Dubai in 2011 and 2012.
Mr Anderson was a qualified coach and had competed in national championships.
Just three months ago, Ms Perdichizzi said she was confronting the reality of death following the loss of two renowned sky divers, Michael Vaughan and Alana Clarke, whose parachutes became tangled during a sky dive near Byron Bay.
“It has rocked everyone’s world in the skydiving community,” she told the Gold Coast Bulletin in March.
“It is a reality [death] and it does make us focus more on safety when an incident like that happens, especially to someone you thought was invincible.
“You can’t just stop because of one incident, you need to get back into it with renewed enthusiasm for safety.”
The same community is now mourning the loss of Ms Perdichizzi and Mr Anderson, both well-known in the skydiving scene.
“I’m at a loss, my beautiful friends I will miss your smiling faces, your hugs, your words of wisdom when we fly,” one Gold Coast skydiver, Emily Hatfield, posted on Facebook.
The driver of the car, Massachusetts man Miguel Ramos, was taken to St Joseph’s Hospital in New Hampshire with non-life-threatening injuries.
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