Nine-year-old dies following plane crash


Nine-year-old dies following plane crash


Date: July 29, 2014
by: Alex Mahadevan | Digital Content Producer


A weekend plane crash on Caspersen Beach has claimed its second victim.

Oceana Irizarry, 9, has been pronounced dead after spending two days in critical condition at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Ommy Irizarry, her 36-year-old father, was killed when a 1972 Piper Cherokee crashed on Caspersen Beach Sunday.

Authorities continue to investigate the incident, according to a July 29 email from Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose.

Ommy Irizarry was a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Englewood resident Karl Kokomoor, the pilot of the aircraft, and passenger David Theen, also an Englewood resident, were not injured. Kokomoor is president and CEO of Englewood-based engineering firm DMK Associates Inc.

"This is a heart-wrenching situation,"said Maj. Gen. Mike Murray in a statement from Ft. Stewart. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Irizarry family."


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