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Texas skydiver awarded damages for accident in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Texas skydiver has been awarded $760,000 for injuries suffered in an Oklahoma skydiving accident.

Court records show now 19-year-old Makenzie Wethington of Joshua, Texas, was awarded the amount from Robert Swainson, the owner of now-closed Pegasus Air Sports. The order was signed last week after Swainson repeatedly failed to show up for hearings.

Wethington was injured Jan. 25, 2014 when she fell 3,500 feet in a jump in Chickasha.

The lawsuit by Wethington's mother alleged she wasn't properly trained and that her parachute was inappropriate for her skill level.

Swainson previously said he believes Wethington panicked and failed to follow instructions. He told The Oklahoman that he's retired and lives in the United Kingdom.

Wethington's attorney said he'll attempt to collect the judgment by filing legal action in London.

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