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Man Who Broke His Back Parachuting From High-Rise Won’t Be Charged

August 18, 1990

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities have decided a broken back is punishment enough and decided against filing charges against a man who parachuted from an unfinished high- rise.

John Carta, a 44-year-old former Green Beret whose hobby is parachuting from skyscrapers and bridges, fractured his back in three places when his parachute failed Thursday.

He was originally cited for trespassing, but the Alameda County district attorney’s office decided not pursue charges in light of his injuries, Sgt. Jay Crawford said Friday. Carta was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery for his injuries.

His parachute only partly opened when he jumped from the top of the 27- floor American President Cos. building, which will be the city’s tallest once it’s finished.

The daredevil previously has parachuted onto the 110-story World Trade Center in New York City from a low-flying airplane. In 1986, he and another man jumped from an unfinished 500-foot high-rise in San Francisco; they claimed it was the record for a parachute jump from the lowest point.

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