Public donates to 2 sisters and their mom, all widowed in plane crash

More than $50,000 has been donated to two pregnant sisters and their mother who were all widowed when their husbands were killed in a plane crash earlier this month near Lake Elsinore.

The donation -- made possible through a Go Fund Me page created for the family -- came after the July 6 crash in mountainous terrain. Doug Symiczek, and his two son-in-laws -- Jacob Griffiths, 32, of Costa Mesa and Kyle Parton, 29, of Menifee -- perished in the crash.


A week later, one of the two sisters, Breanna Parton, gave birth to a baby girl.

What was supposed to be a joyous time for Breanna Parton, her sister Amanda Griffiths and Symiczek's wife, Kim, turned into a time to plan their husbands' burials.

The family is planning to use the donated money to pay for funeral costs, additional expenses and to support their new babies, according to the fundraising page.

Doug Symiczek, 49, was piloting the plane, which left about 8:15 a.m. from the French Valley Airport in Murrieta, according to a preliminary accident report from the National Transportation Safety Board. He had not filed a flight plan before the crash, the report added.

Witnesses reportedly saw the plane make a steep turn, "barely clearing nearby power lines," according to the NTSB.

Doug Symiczek then flew toward rising terrain and hit two trees before the plane came to a rest at the base of a ravine, the report said.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Hans Christensen Middle School, 27625 Road in Menifee.

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