Young Georgia Girl Dies After Being Struck By Plane
Oceana Irrizary, the 9 year old little girl from Georgia, has died from her injuries sustained on Sunday, July 27th 2014. Law enforcement announced her passing Tuesday, July 29th.
Oceana was hit by an aircraft making an emergency landing as she walked with her father, Ommy Irrizary along the Caspersen Beach in Venice. Ommy died Sunday of injuries sustained from the crash. The family of five from Fort Stewart, Georgia were vacationing in Florida to celebrate the ninth wedding anniversary of Ommy, an Army sergeant, and his wife Rebecca.
Karl Kokomoor, the pilot of the small aircraft, radioed in distress prior to the crash. Attempting to land at the Venice Municipal Airport, it is not exactly clear what went wrong. The accident is under investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board. Both the pilot and his passenger, David Theen, of Englewood, were uninjured.
It is not immediately known how the aircraft or debris hit the young girl and her father. In recorded 911 calls made by onlookers, family friends and witnesses at the beach; distress and catastrophe can be heard amongst the screams as the scene unfolded. Oceana was airlifted from the scene unconscious and with labored breathing. She was flown to All Children’s Hospital in Petersburg. Ommy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Oceana was about to enter fourth grade. A bright, beautiful and natural artist, Oceana leaves behind two siblings and her mother. Through her fathers Facebook page a tale is told of love and devotion amongst the family. The family, through All Children’s Hospital, released a statement after the young girls passing; “Our precious Oceana has joined her daddy in heaven. There are no words to describe the suffering we are experiencing. Their loss is devastating to our family and to everyone who knew them.”
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