A Kenai youth was seriously injured Monday morning when the vehicle he was driving ran off the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing and struck a tree.
The 16-year-old male was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital, then flown to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.
According to Alaska State Troopers, the male was southbound on the Sterling Highway at about 9:30 a.m. when he apparently fell asleep and his vehicle went over an embankment and hit a tree. Witnesses said the vehicle was going fast and went straight when the roadway curved.
Troopers reported that the driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle was wearing his seat belt but sustained serious injuries. Alcohol is not suspected to have been involved.
By Tuesday afternoon, troopers had not released the driver's name, and his condition was not available.
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