Highway accident kills Soldotna man, 85

The Sterling Highway reopened late Friday afternoon following a two-car collision that killed an elderly man a few miles north of Rocky’s Cafe and the Kasilof Community Church.

One man died in the accident; three others were taken to Central Peninsula Hospital by ambulance, Alaska State Trooper Spokesperson Beth Ipsen said.

The accident was reported about 12:05 p.m. Friday.

Ruby Gonzales, of Soldotna, was driving northbound with her husband in a Jeep Cherokee when she lost control on a hill, Ipsen said.

The 82-year-old slid into the next lane and collided with Vincent Redford, of Soldotna, driving a Dodge truck.

The collision threw Daniel Gonzales, Ruby Gonzales’ 85-year-old husband, out of the back of the Jeep. Central Emergency Services medics pronounced him dead.

CES ambulances drove Ruby Gonzales; Vincent Redford, 50; his passenger and his mother, Constance Redford, 72 of Soldotna, to Central Peninsula Hospital.

They are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Ipsen said Friday.

Troopers do not suspect alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident, and indications suggest Daniel Gonzales was wearing a seatbelt, Ipsen said.

Road conditions at the time of the accident were icy, Ipsen said.

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