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Skydiver injured in Calverton jump remains in Stony Brook hospital, officials say

The exterior of Stony Brook University Hospital is

The exterior of Stony Brook University Hospital is seen in this undated photo. Credit: James Carbone

An East Farmingdale woman who was kneed in the head by another skydiver in the skies over Calverton remained in serious condition Sunday at Stony Brook University Hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

Patricia Baronowski, 46, and Kevin Arcamona, 29, were in free fall just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday when they collided, officials said. Arcamona's knee hit Baronowski in the head, causing her to lose consciousness.

Baronowski's parachute activated after the collision, sending her into a tree where her chute became stuck, suspending her 15 to 20 feet above the ground, police said.

She was rescued and taken to Stony Brook hospital with a head injury. Arcamona was treated at the same hospital for a leg injury, according to police.

He was released Saturday, spokesman Clinton Weaver said.

Both had organized their jumps Saturday through Skydive Long Island in Calverton.

A woman who answered the phone at Skydive Long Island said she didn't have information on the accident.

The Calverton skydiving facility is available for all levels of jumpers and includes an airplane hangar, 10,000-foot runway and a landing area for parachutists that its website touts as the largest in the United States.

On July 30, 2014, a New York City correction officer was killed and his instructor critically injured after a tandem jump at the Calverton facility.

Sunday afternoon, Erica Rensing, 25, of Valley Stream, was gearing up for her third skydiving adventure.

A friend of hers had sent a text informing her of Saturday's mishap, but she wasn't deterred.

"Freak accidents happen. Chances are it won't happen again," she said. "If it does, it was meant to be."

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