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.