Georgia girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies
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.