Plane crash leaves man dead, teens injured

Clearwater, Florida -- Flowers and a card now sit in place of where a small plane crashed on Saturday in Clearwater.

The card reads, "RIP Jeff. Get well soon Katie and Keyana. Tampa Bay Fire and EMS."

On Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m., a single engine Piper plane crashed into McMullen Booth Road north of Union Street. It killed the pilot, 53-year-old Jeffrey Bronken, and sent two teenage girl passengers to St. Joseph's Hospital in serious condition.

Bronken, his 15-year-old daughter Katherine Bronken, and her friend, 15-year-old Keyana Linbo, were flying to the St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport for a spring break vacation. They flew out of Chicago at 6:30 p.m. Friday night. The Bronkens and Linbo live in Round Lake, Illinois, which is just outside of Chicago.

Their neighbor, Ken Hoxie, is worried about Sue Bronken, Katherine's mother.

"It's tragic," said Hoxie. 'What she is going through is unbelievable. I know she was in a state of shock, but she was doing the best she could to go down and see her daughter."

Hoxie also said losing the father, Jeffrey Bronken, is the second tragedy for the Bronken family. In 2009, the oldest daughter, Christy, was killed in a snow mobile accident.

"Our prayers all go out to their family," said Hoxie. "They are a fantastic family and we are going to do as much as we can to help them."

10 News checked the conditions of the girls on Sunday morning. Linbo is in fair condition and Bronken is in critical condition. Sue Bronken has asked for privacy for both girls.


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