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StoppieJoe

Nick Benigni

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He was a Father, Husband, Skydiver and friend to a lot of people.

I didn't know him for long, but he was well liked around the dropzone, and I wish I would have gotten to know him better.

Being around skydiving and BASE, you expect to see things happen. But I never expected to see Nick drive away after a successful day of skydiving and then get ripped away from this world by getting hit by a train in his truck while heading home to be with his family. It is insane. I was sitting there talking to him about his recent trip and his Christmas plans not even 30 minutes before he was gone.


We are all going to miss you man. Fly free. [:/]
Carpe Diem, Even if it kills me -- "Dead Poet's Society"

"Are you getting into trouble over there?" --- "Nothing that I'm going to admit to!"
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The railroad tracks are on the driveway to the dropzone. We all saw it happen and we were the first responders. Just incase anyone wanted to know.
Carpe Diem, Even if it kills me -- "Dead Poet's Society"

"Are you getting into trouble over there?" --- "Nothing that I'm going to admit to!"
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jumpwally

Was there something blocking his view ? crazy...


News reports:
http://wfla.com/2016/12/23/crews-on-scene-of-train-versus-car-accident-in-hillsborough-county/
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/one-killed-in-truck-hit-by-train-in-plant-city/2307357
http://www.wtsp.com/news/driver-killed-when-train-hits-pickup-in-plant-city/377408652

This would have been Z-hills, Florida. Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Zephyrhills,+FL/@28.2301691,-82.1568949,5183m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x88c2ad35eb2d6321:0xef1a2a9643b21756!8m2!3d28.2336196!4d-82.1811947

Paul Buckman Highway is also known as State Road 39. You can see the train track curve around the west side of the airport. But I'm not sure where that elevated section is that you see in the news photos, so I'm not sure exactly which road crossing it was...

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Nick was truly a super person. After anyone spoke with him they felt like he was their best friend. Nick was very devoted to his wife, his 3 girls, his family and his church.

It has now been 1 week since his accident and it still does not seem real....

Memorial jump is being planned for later next month (Jan 2017)

Missing you buddy.......

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