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Highway wrecks kill two

Michigan man, Unalakleet woman killed in separate incidents

Posted: June 13, 2012 - 8:36am  |  Updated: June 13, 2012 - 10:09am

Two people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in a span of eight hours from Monday night to Tuesday morning.

A Michigan man was killed Monday night in a motor vehicle collision on the Sterling Highway.

Early Tuesday, a woman from Unalakleet died after attempting to elude a trooper on the Seward Highway.

According to Alaska State Troopers, at 8:44 p.m. Monday, Soldotna Dispatch was notified of a motor vehicle collision involving a fatality at Mile 72.5 of the Sterling Highway, about three miles east of the west end of Skilak Lake Loop Road.

Troopers report 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.

A 46-year-old woman died early Tuesday after troopers say she attempted to flee in her vehicle after a traffic stop.

According to a trooper report, on Tuesday at about 3 a.m., a Crown Point-based trooper contacted Zoe Ivanoff at Mile 47 of the Seward Highway.

Ivanoff, who was a resident of the small village of Unalakleet, had a revoked license and was issued a summons. Ivanoff waited in her vehicle for an hour for a tow truck to tow her Nissan Pathfinder. At about 4 a.m., troopers say she drove off in the Pathfinder.

A pursuit ensued, but the trooper eventually lost sight of the Nissan after about eight miles and slowed pursuit. The trooper found the vehicle 10 minutes later; it had driven off the road, according to troopers.

Ivanoff was ejected from the vehicle and was declared dead after troopers and a Kenai Police Department officer attempted life-saving measures, according to troopers.

Members of the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol responded to the area to conduct an investigation.

Traffic was restricted to one lane during the on-scene investigation. Ivanoff's body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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