Man High On Meth When He Crashed Stolen Plane, Coroner Says

Ray Pirro

The Fresno County coroner says the man who died after stealing a small plane and crashing it near Fresno was high on methamphetamine.

Toxicology results show 52-year-old Ray Pirro had more than enough meth in his system to knock a person out, and that his body showed evidence he was a longtime user.

The single-engine plane was stolen from an airfield in the Bay Area. Pirro died when he crashed the plane into a canal bank near Barstow and Garfield on Sunday, February 5. This is just west of Fresno's Island Water Park.

No one else was onboard, and no one else was hurt in the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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