Ge­or­gia girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she va­ca­tioned with her fam­ily has died from her in­juries, law en­force­ment officials in Florida said Tues­day.

Oceana Irizarry’s fa­ther also was killed Sun­day. The two, of Fort Ste­wart, Ge­or­gia, were walk­ing along Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sun­day af­ter­noon when the 1972 Piper Chero­kee plane made an emer­gency land­ing af­ter re­port­ing prob­lems.

In a state­ment, the fam­ily thanked the emer­gency re­spon­ders and beach­go­ers who helped them, and ex­pressed grat­i­tude for prayers and sup­port from around the world.

“There are no words to de­scribe the suf­fer­ing we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing,” the state­ment said. “Their loss is dev­as­tat­ing to our fam­ily and to every­one who knew them.”

Ommy Irizarry, an Army sergeant cel­e­brat­ing his ninth an­niver­sary with wife Re­becca, died at the scene Sun­day. His daugh­ter was air­lifted to All Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in St. Peters­burg. The Sara­sota County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Tues­day morn­ing that they were no­ti­fied by the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice of the girl’s death.

He “was a beloved hus­band, fa­ther, son, brother, friend and sol­dier,” the fam­ily wrote in the state­ment. “He lit up the room when­ever he en­tered and was de­voted to his fam­ily.”

Oceana was about to en­ter fourth grade, the fam­ily said.

AT­LANTA (AP) — Ge­or­gia Sec­re­tary of State Brian Kemp has or­dered a bal­lot re­count in the Repub­li­can state school su­per­in­ten­dent pri­mary runoff.

Kemp said in a state­ment Tues­day the re­count was re­quested can­di­date Michael L. Buck, who cur­rently serves as chief aca­demic of­fi­cer of the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Un­of­fi­cial tal­lies af­ter the July 22 race showed that Ir­win County ed­u­ca­tor Richard Woods earned just over 50 per­cent of votes and the two were sep­a­rated by less than 1 per­cent of to­tal votes.

Kemp says the re­count will be con­ducted by each elec­tion su­per­in­ten­dent and is ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore noon on Thurs­day.

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