Round Lake girl, 15, dies from injuries in Florida plane crash
BY TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter March 26, 2014 6:20PM
Katherine Bronken and her father, Jeffrey Bronken | Instagram photo
Updated: April 28, 2014 10:40AM
One of two Round Lake teens has died following a Saturday plane crash in Florida that also killed the girl’s father.
Katherine Bronken, 15, a freshman at Grant High School, died at a Florida hospital Wednesday afternoon, Pinellas County Sgt. David DiSano said. Authorities said the other teen passenger, Bronken’s softball teammate Keyana Linbo, also 15, remained hospitalized and was “stable.”
Early Saturday, Linbo, Katherine Bronken and her father were on their way to Florida for a spring break getaway. But their journey ended in disaster about eight miles short of their destination, the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, when their plane crashed about 4 a.m. in Clearwater, Fla., instantly killing 53-year-old Jeffrey Bronken.
It wasn’t the first time the Bronkens have suffered the heartache of a fatal accident. On Dec. 19, 2009, Jeffrey Bronken’s daughter Christine Bronken died at the age of 20 in a snowmobile crash in Three Lakes, Wis., according to Wisconsin records.
The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office are trying to determine the cause of Saturday’s plane crash. The Piper PA-28 181 was flying from Campbell Airport in Grayslake to the airport when it hit power lines before crashing nose-first into a median on a six-lane street.