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Another tragedy strikes Plunkett family

Son of hero officer killed in collision
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Facebook photo of Jeffrey Plunkett

An outpouring of grief on social media reflected the community's sorrow at the death of 26-year-old Jeffrey Plunkett.

The Barrie man was killed Friday night when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Highway 26 and Anne St. North.

The OPP is investigating the cause of the crash.

Plunkett was the son of York Regional Police Det. Const. Robert Plunkett who died in the line of duty on Aug. 2, 2007. 

Const. Plunkett was struck by a car and dragged while performing undercover surveillance during an airbag theft investigation in Markham.  

He was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

In June 2011, the teen who killed the 43-year-old father of three was convicted of manslaughter and given a 12-year sentence.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Plunkett family and friends as they go through yet another tragic heartbreak. There are no words," wrote one BarrieToday reader.

"Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jeff. Especially to the family who has suffered more tragedy in one lifetime than is imaginable. You are all in my thoughts and prayers," said another. 

Plunkett is survived by his mother Sonja, step-father, two siblings Amanda and Matt, grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

"Jeff will be remembered fondly by his many friends and his basketball community at University of Ottawa," a funeral notification read.

Visitation will take place at the Adams Funeral Home in Barrie on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church on Thursday at 11 a.m. 

The Church is located at 374 Salem Rd. 

Memorial donations to Ontario Special Olympics would be appreciated by the family, the notification said.