Sunday Plane Crash Results in Second Death

News Release #: 14-161

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has been notified by the Largo Medical Examiner's Office that 9-year-old Oceana Irizzary has died. The child was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, along with her father, 36-year old Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry.

Around 2:45 pm on July 27, Venice Airport contacted Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Communications regarding a small plane in distress that could not make it back to the airport. The pilot was going to try to land on the beach.

The pilot of the Piper Cherokee, 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor, and his passenger, 60-year-old David Theen, both of Englewood, FL, were not injured.

Sgt. Irizarry had been walking on the beach when he was killed. Oceana was critically injured and airlifted to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

The investigation into the crash is being conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is conducting the death investigation.