Soldotna teen dies in auto accident

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2008

Medical officials at Providence Alaska Medical Center pronounced a Soldotna boy dead at 9 a.m. Tuesday after he was involved in a fatal car accident at Mile 18 Kalifornsky Beach Road Monday night.

Alex Brown, 13, of Soldotna, was traveling toward Soldotna on K-Beach Road in a van with his father, Thomas Brown, 33, when the vehicle spun out of control at approximately 7:42 p.m. Monday and moved into oncoming traffic. Carol Cossmann, who was traveling toward Kenai in a Ford 350 pickup truck, struck Brown's van on the passenger-side door. Gary Hale, Central Emergency Services (CES) fire marshal, said ambulances from CES and the Kenai Fire Department transported Thomas and Alex Brown and Cossmann to Central Peninsula Hospital before Alex Brown was airlifted to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

"My understanding is that they did pull life support off of (Alex Brown) and he was pronounced dead yesterday morning around 9," Hale said. "He is a student of one of the local schools here."

Bonnie Nichols, spokeswoman for Central Peninsula Hospital, was unable to give a status report for Thomas Brown. Cossmann was treated for a broken ankle and some bruising and was released on Wednesday, she said.

According to a press release issued Tuesday by Alaska State Troopers, it is unknown what caused Brown's vehicle to spin out of control. Hale said recent rain left black ice all over the highway, but couldn't say if Brown's speed or the weather contributed to the accident. The trooper press release also stated that it's unknown whether or not the occupants were wearing seat belts.

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