Nikiski girl dies in highway crash

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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2005

An 11-year-old Nikiski girl was killed Saturday in a crash on the Sterling Highway.

A minivan driven by Retha Williams, 36, of Nikiski, reportedly slid on black ice into the southbound lane at Mile 38 of the Sterling Highway at 5:33 p.m.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the minivan collided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Dean Eichholz, 53, of Soldotna. He and his passenger, Patricia Eichholz, 55, of Soldotna, suffered minor injuries and were driven from the scene.

Emergency respondents transported three passengers of the minivan to Central Peninsula General Hospital, Chris Targonsky, 14, Anthony Folkes, 16, and Adam Williams, 6 months old, all of Nikiski. Adam Williams was later medivaced to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and is in critical condition.

Cassie Williams, 11, of Nikiski, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol is not considered to be a factor and investigation is continuing.



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