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Brothers killed in Kodiak vehicle accident

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- Two Kodiak teen-agers were killed and one was critically injured early Wednesday after the Jeep Cherokee they were riding in swerved off a road, rolled over and landed upside down in Pillar Creek. The vehicle was mostly submerged when troopers arrived at the scene.

Alaska State Troopers said brothers David Zomcheck, 16, and Jonathan Zomchek, 18 died in the accident.

Josias Luna, 19, was medevaced to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage in critical condition. Jose ''Carlos'' Luna, 21, suffered minor cuts to his face, but did not require hospital care.

The vehicle was driven by Amanda Ball, 17, of Kodiak. Ball and Crystal Mandt, 16, were treated for minor injuries at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

State Troopers said Ball apparently lost control of the vehicle while slowing down to take a curve in Monashka Bay Road.

Trooper Sgt. Maurice Hughes said he one of the passengers may have managed to get out of the car and helped pull some of the others out before an ambulance and troopers.

Hughes said troopers are exploring the possibility that alcohol may have been a factor. But a trooper, who had been on White Sands Beach just half an hour before the accident, reported he had not seen any vehicles or signs of a party in the area, Hughes said.

The investigation is continuing.

''It's always a sad day when we loose two, especially when they're from the same family. It's a loss for us, and a loss for the community,'' Hughes said.



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