Police: Round Lake Man Dead, 2 Injured After Small Plane Crashes In Florida

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CLEARWATER, Fla.(STMW) – A Round Lake man was killed, while his teenage daughter and her friend were injured when a small plane he was piloting crashed into a six-lane street early Saturday in Florida.

Jeffrey Bronken, 53, of the 2100 block of Red Oak Drive, died in the crash, Florida’s Pinellas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. David DiSano said in a statement. The two teenage girls, both 15, were injured, although their condition was not known.

They were identified by police as Katherine Bronken, Jeffrey Bronken’s daughter, and Keyana Linbo, of the 100 block of Blue Heron Court.

The three, all of northwest suburban Round Lake, were in the single-engine plane heading from the Chicago area to St. Pete/Clearwater airport in eastern Florida — about 30 miles east of Tampa — when the plane crashed in Clearwater about 4 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, authorities said.

The plane hit power lines before crashing head first into a median on a six-lane street, authorities said.

Reached by phone Saturday, Jeffrey Bronken’s family refused comment, the Sun-Times reports.

Jeffrey Bronken owned a Highland Park company called The Glass Man, Inc., which specialized in glass contracting for homes, the Sun-Times reports. FAA records show the fixed wing single-engine plane was registered as being owned by Jeffrey Bronkman’s glass business.

This isn’t the first time the family has experienced a tragedy. On Dec. 19, 2009, Jeffrey Bronken’s daughter Christine Bronken died at the age of 20 in an early morning snowmobile crash in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, according to records from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Sun-Times reports. Reports show she failed to follow the snowmobile route, lost control and tried to break before going airborne and striking a home. Speed and alcohol were listed as factors in the fatal crash.

Lisa Roberts, a neighbor, said Jeffrey Bronken was always helpful to his neighbors. One year he went house to house to help neighbors install sprinkling systems.

“He was really active around the house. They always do their house up all year long. The landscaping was just groomed perfectly and they had all these beautiful mums,” Roberts told the Sun-Times.

Both Jeffrey Bronken and his wife were often seen outside the house, grooming the plants.

Roberts said the Bronkens often had company over, and always had prom celebrations for their children.

The NTSB, FAA and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office are investigating the crash.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)