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Jim PetersenDRAPER, UT — Authorities say 57-year-old Jim Peterson died after the paramotorist crashed through the roof of an LDS church in Draper.

The accident happened Sunday morning during services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 272 E. Traverse Point.

Steven Howlett said he and Peterson took off together from the Point of the Mountain and were flying alongside each other as they have for the last three years.

Peterson had more gas than Howlett, so when Howlett decided to land, Peterson kept going.

It’s not clear what malfunctioned with Peterson’s paramotor, but shortly after the two separated Peterson was seen spinning rapidly in a free-fall.

“We have heard reports that there might have been a collapse of the chute,” said Sergeant Chad Carpenter with Draper Police. “We don’t have that confirmed yet though.”

Peterson ended up crashing through the roof of the LDS church while dozens of people were inside. No one inside the church was hurt, but there was nothing that could be done for Peterson.

Howlett believes his friend was already unconscious before hitting the roof.

“All those G-forces hitting him,” he said. “He probably blacked out from all the spinning.”

Police said they will release additional information about the investigation as it becomes available.

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  • It was Gods plan…. Sorry I couldn’t resist!

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    At least you died doing what you loved. Except for the terrifying last part.

  • I was wondering when he crashed through the church roof did he land in Jesus hands.

  • CT

    I thought it read LSD Church. It would have made more sense somehow.

  • Squid Kicker

    I wonder how many God-fearing disciples choked on their wafers.

  • Squid Kicker

    No but a strong gust of wind steered him away from the stained glass window.

  • Happy Entrails

    The last flight of Icarus, borne on wings of nylon.

  • Did they think it was god falling from the planet gooboo, or wherever the fuck they keep him?

  • I know a church like that.

  • “It’s not the fall… it’s the sudden stop!”

  • Who could possibly blame you ! Some one had to make that joke

  • Rae Lin

    I bet that will be a memorable church service for the congregation! D:

  • Inferus

    This happened thirty minutes from my house! If ever there was a time to return to church.

  • scotsims

    God’s wrath came raining down upon them…Too bad there’s no god.

  • Quasimodem1969

    Raise your hands if you too had to Google “paramotor.”