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      Sky diver killed during high-speed `swooping' try

      <p>A 34-year-old sky-diving instructor has died at a Macomb County air field after he fell and struck a woman on the ground during a high-speed maneuver.</p>

      A 34-year-old sky-diving instructor has died at a Macomb County air field after he fell and struck a woman on the ground during a high-speed maneuver.

      State police Lt. Michael Shaw says the accident happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday at the Ray Township Airport, which is about 30 miles north-northeast of Detroit.

      He identifies the sky diver as Kenneth R. Bernek of Waterford.

      Shaw says Bernek "started falling out of control, struck a tree then collided into a person standing on the ground." He says Bernek hit a 53-year-old Ray Township woman who was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

      Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club manager Randy Allison tells The Macomb Daily that Bernek was a 15-year sky-diving veteran and was practicing a "swooping" maneuver that involves flying horizontally before landing.

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