By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Zackary Hannan was described by his mother Rebecca as their whole family’s best friend, and a highly active outdoorsman.
Sunday morning, the 31-year-old Redmond man came here to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds parking lot to practice land kiteboarding, a combination of windsurfing and skateboarding.
“It does make sense that such a large open space would attract land kite boarders or any sort of outdoor enthusiasts,” said Redmond Police Lt. Curtis Chambers.
While getting ready, Hannan strapped himself in the kite and was in the final stages of preparing when an unexpected gust of wind grabbed the kite, pulling him about 30 feet into the air, police said.
Hannan fell to the ground and hit his head on the asphalt. Police said he had not yet secured his helmet to his head before the kite pulled him into the air.
“We arrived to find witnesses providing some life saving efforts,” Chambers said.
One of those witnesses was Kaylee Renfro, who was headed to the gun show at the fairgrounds when she received a call from a friend.
“He said, ‘This guy just flew up into the air and came back down and he’s unresponsive on the ground,” Renfro said.
Renfro, who is CPR and First Aid certified, was just minutes away.
“I pulled up and just the severity of the situation I kind of looked at him and I looked at everyone else and I thought, ‘If he passes away while I’m here am I going to be able to handle it?,” she said. “And I was like, ‘You know what, doesn’t even matter, I’m going in.'”
Hannan was taken to St. Charles in Bend, but passed away that evening after several hours of surgery with his family by his side.
“When I found out he passed I just kind of sat there like, “…okay. It was time for him to go…he was, you know.’ I was like, ‘His family’, that was the biggest thing to me.”