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Cocaine a factor in 2014 plane crash that killed Round Lake man, daughter

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled cocaine was a factor in this fatal 2014 plane crash in Florida. | Photo courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration

Cocaine was a factor in a small plane crash in Florida in 2014 that claimed the life of a Round Lake man and his teenage daughter.

Jeffrey Bronken’s single-engine Piper aircraft crashed after running out of fuel a few miles north of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Bronken’s 15-year-old daughter, Katherine, who attended Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, died from injuries four days later. A friend of Katherine’s was injured but survived.

The National Transportation Safety Board found that Jeffrey Bronken was impaired by his cocaine use, which contributed to his inadequate fuel planning, the Daily Herald is reporting.

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