1 killed in Sterling Highway wreck

Posted: Monday, May 31, 2010

A Saturday morning wreck between Homer and Anchor Point on the Sterling Highway involving four vehicles sent four people to the hospital and left one of them dead.

Kathleen Benz, 25, of Washington, D.C., was pronounced dead at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer following a crash near mile 163.5, according to a State Trooper report.

An initial investigation by the Troopers revealed that Alfred Jones, 46, of Kenai, was headed northbound in his GMC truck just after 8 a.m. when he crossed the centerline.

"Numerous vehicles took evasive action to avoid a collision," the report stated.

Jones' truck struck a Subaru Forester, driven by Daniel Fairchild, 29, of Anchorage, with Benz in the front passenger seat.

The vehicles collided on their passenger sides.

The Bureau of Highway Patrol and patrol troopers investigated the crash; an investigation continues.

--Staff report

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