SEBRING -A car wash benefit has been set Dec. 21 in Sebring to help the family of a Winter Haven man who suffered serious injuries after a skydiving accident Dec. 8 in Lake Wales.
Victor Bryie, 27, was still at Lakeland Regional Medical Center as of Saturday, said Melissa Lane, general manager of Nurse on Call, where Bryie is a marketer.
"He's improving," Lane said. Bryie also is a Sebring Chamber of Commerce ambassador.
The car wash starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at Advance Auto Parts, 3550 U.S. 27 N., Sebring, at the corner of U.S. 27 and the Sebring Parkway.
The community is being asked to either volunteer or bring their cars to be washed.
Bryie, who is engaged, has an infant daughter, Lane said.
Lane also is taking monetary donations or items to go toward a raffle. She can be reached at 863-381-9325.
Bryie and Shaun Phillips, from United Kingdom, were doing a skydiving maneuver, when at 9,000 feet Bryie came under Phillips and the two became entangled with Phillips' ankle in Bryie's parachute lines, Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
At approximately 3,000 feet, the line broke and Phillips was freed from the lines, but while he came down with a full parachute, Bryie fell with his parachute "partially open," authorities added at that time.
Phillips told authorities at that time that both he and Bryie had jumped at 14,000 feet.