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1 dead, 2 injured in Sterling Highway collision

Posted: July 3, 2011 - 6:47pm  |  Updated: July 3, 2011 - 11:01pm

A Kasilof man died Saturday of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision that injured two others on the Sterling Highway south of Soldotna. On Saturday at 2:04 p.m., the Soldotna Public Safety Communication Center received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle crash near Mile 97.5 of the Sterling Highway involving two vehicles. Investigators found that a blue 2003 GMC truck, driven by Lavern Joseph Kitchen, 69, of Kasilof, was northbound and a red 1997 Dodge truck, driven by Jacob Schooley, 16, of Soldotna, was southbound. The red Dodge crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the blue GMC. All occupants of both vehicles were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital with injuries. Lavern Kitchen was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Nancy Kitchen, 65, a passenger in the GMC, suffered a broken arm and an injured leg. Schooley suffered minor injuries. Investigation continues. Central Emergency Services, Alaska State Troopers, Soldotna Patrol, Soldotna Police and the Bureau of Highway Patrol, Kenai Peninsula Team, responded to the scene.

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cwmitchell13 07/04/11 - 12:13 pm
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regards

my heartfelt good wishes to the kitchens. this should not have happened. since leaving kasilof i continue to read of another friend down. peace mitch

ClamGulchAnnie
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ClamGulchAnnie 07/05/11 - 02:01 pm
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Vern Kitchen

May Nancy and her family find peace in the fact that Vern will be fondly remembered by many, myself included. May the knowledge that he enjoyed his life and family to the fullest and was willing to help any and all bring them peace. Goodbye, good friend..............you will be missed.

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hugsmarcelle4 07/08/11 - 05:04 am
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From Bill Caseys adopted daughter Sue

Just want you to know Nancy that Dad and I are here for you and are heartfelt wishes are with you thru this time. Vern will be missed by many people. God Bless!!! Love Sue and Bill Casey

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jlmh 10/28/11 - 02:04 pm
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I thought they didn't release

I thought they didn't release the names of minors charged with a crime. I see that he was not charged yet, but they have released his name, age, and enough details to link him with the incident. So when a minor is charged in this incident, everyone will already know it was Jacob Schooley.

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