“She was a pioneer in the drag racing sport compact scene, and an all-around thrill seeker with an insatiable appetite for life. 32 year-old Stephanie Eggum lived life to the extreme, whether blazing a trail in the NHRA Hot Rod ranks with her record holding FWD Honda Civic, gaining her Top Alcohol license in NHRA, or soaring through the skies as a skydiving professional.
In a tragic skydiving accident, Stephanie was found Thursday afternoon in a cornfield north of Ottawa, IL and pronounced dead on the scene by LaSalle County coroners after cutting away her main parachute. She attempted to deploy her reserve chute, but was at an altitude too low for proper full deployment.
Stephanie was no sky diving novice; she had logged nearly 1,000 jumps, held her Class A USPA license, and was training at the Women’s Vertical World Record Camp for a record-breaking sky diving formation attempt. A young woman deemed ‘Fearless’ by family and friends, she left this world doing what she loved.
Stephanie Eggum will be remembered by her circles of friends in the drag racing and sky diving worlds. She holds multiple national E.T and MPH records in the NHRA Hot Rod, NDRA Pro4, and Battle of the Import Pro Import classes to date. She also held the world record for the fastest and quickest front wheel drive Honda, winning 10 out of 13 event in 2007.
A memorial service in celebration of Stephanie Eggum’s life will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Rd., Elgin, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a time”
Source: The Examiner
Featured Image picture credit: Super Street – Original article about Stephanie Eggum and her 2000 Honda Civic racecar.