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Soldotna man killed in car crash

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008

Michael Szajbler, 36, of Soldotna was killed in a car accident on Wednesday.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Szajbler's truck drifted into a ditch near Mile 5 of the Seward Highway. After fishtailing across the entire roadway twice, the truck flipped onto its top approximately 600 feet from where it first appeared to have entered the ditch. The vehicle came to rest upsidedown.

Troopers responded at 7:54 p.m. Szajbler's daughter, Maykalya, 5, was the only passenger involved. Neither of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seat belts.

Maykalya was found pinned halfway under the vehicle. The Bear Creek Fire Department, Seward Fire Department and Alaska State Troopers extricated her from the truck.

She was flown to Providence Hospital in Anchorage and listed in good condition with minor injuries, said trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Alcohol containers were found on scene, Peters said.

Speed may have been a factor in the crash, according to the report. A toxicology screening will be conducted, which is standard procedure in all highway fatalities, Peters said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Anchor Point man killed in motorcycle accident

Jon Lindstrom, 48, of Anchor Point, was killed after he was thrown from his motorcycle in a traffic collision on Monday night.

According to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters, Lindstrom was traveling east on North Fork Road in Anchor Point when he drove off the road, hitting the embankment of the cross street.

Lindstrom, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at Homer Hospital, according to the report.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor but toxicology results are not available at this time, Peters said.

Peters also said no witnesses have come forward and there is no indication that other vehicles or people were involved.

Troopers received a call at 11:12 p.m. that the collision had occurred at the intersection of North Fork Road and Coleman Lantern Street.

Mike Nesper can be reached at mike.nesper@peninsulaclarion.com.



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