Bachelorette suitor critically injured

A man who will apparently appear on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette this summer was critically injured in a paragliding accident Sunday.

KUTV reported that “[a] 32-year-old paraglider suffered critical injuries after his parachute collapsed near Point of the Mountain in Draper” and “[c]rews found him unconscious but breathing 100 to 150 feet up the mountain. … The medical helicopter transported him to the University of Utah Hospital in critical condition with possible head trauma.” A friend of his said he was in an induced coma and had “severe head trauma.”

News outlets, such as The Salt Lake Tribune; the Salt Lake City Fox affiliate; and KUTV, the Salt Lake City CBS affiliate, have not identified the victim by name, but officials said he was from California.

However, in a public Facebook post, Eric Hill’s sister wrote, “He’s in critical condition after a paragliding accident at Point of the Mountain in Draper.” Her Facebook profile identifies Eric Hill as one of her brothers, and his profile says he’s from California and connects to a Facebook page for his attempt to visit every country on Earth in fewer than 1,200 days. Last month, it teased his appearance on the show last month: “He is off on different kind of adventure (some of you may have already heard) for another month.”

Bachelor spoiler Reality Steve first mentioned this on Twitter, noting–minor spoiler alert–that Eric is Andi’s first one-on-one date of the season. Steve, who recently identified Andi’s final four, previously identified Eric Hill as one of her suitors.

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