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Troopers respond to Sterling Highway fatality

Posted: June 12, 2012 - 7:42am  |  Updated: June 12, 2012 - 3:09pm

On Monday at 8:44 p.m., Alaska State Trooper Soldotna Dispatch was notified of a fatality resulting from a motor vehicle collision at Mile 72.5 of the Sterling Highway.

According to troopers, investigation revealed that Richard Price, 52, of Michigan, had died on scene as a result of a head-on collision between his rental vehicle, a blue 2012 Nissan Versa, and another rental vehicle, a silver 2011 Chevy Equinox.

Price's wife, Diane Price, 58, was also in the Nissan Versa and was flown by Life Med to Central Peninsula Hospital with reportedly serious injuries.

The two occupants of the Equinox, passenger Rosa Gonzales, 30, from Florida and driver Joshua Millstein, 27, from Florida were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital with reportedly minor injuries.

All occupants of both vehicles were seatbelted. Preliminary investigation indicates that Millstein's vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and struck the Prices' vehicle, though the investigation is continuing.

Both vehicles were totaled in the collision and the highway was closed for scene documentation with traffic being routed around Skilak Lake Road.

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BrianW 06/12/12 - 09:42 am
My Condolences

I wonder wht the circumstances were. I'm interested in the investigation findings when it is completed. How many people lost their lives last year on Alaska roadways? Don't quote me, but I believe that 9 people died just on the Sterling Hwy last summer. How many more?
At a minimum, we need to improve the road and quit complaining about costs. The State has enough money for thousands of projects that are not killing people (not that the road kills people, but it could be improved and made safer). Let's ask our elected officials to focus on these areas before spending money on all the other projects that don't have life safety implications.

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