Eric Jonathan Hill, a contestant on the upcoming Andi Dorfman edition of ABC's "The Bachelorette," was critically injured Sunday in a paragliding accident.
Hill, 32, was airborne at Point of the Mountain flight park near Draper, Utah, when air turbulence struck. "He experienced a partial parachute collapse, which swung him into the mountainside with some velocity," Battalion Chief Brian Anderton of the Salt Lake City-based Unified Fire Authority told local CBS affiliate KUTV. "It doesn't seem like he fell an extremely long distance, but the velocity that he went into the hillside was enough to cause some trauma."
Found breathing but unconscious 100 to 150 feet up the mountain, Hill was rescued by paramedics and taken by medical helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital in critical condition. He suffered possible head trauma even though he was wearing a helmet.
While KUTV did not reveal his name, Steve Carbone of the website RealitySteve.com, who had identified him as a contestant on March 11, pointed to a Facebook post by Hill's sister, Karen Tracy, describing the accident. E! News said Tuesday it had confirmed Hill was an eliminated contestant on the season premiering May 19, and added, based on a friend's Instagram posts, that he was in a medically induced coma.
In February 2013, Hill started the online documentary series The Global Odyssey (GoWithEric.com), in which he was endeavoring to visit all 195 United Nations-recognized countries in less than 1,200 days.