Situations create tragedy on peninsula

Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2006

It’s been a difficult week on the

central Kenai Peninsula.

On Monday evening, an accident took the life of Katherine Frank, of Nikiski. There was no malice, just an unusual set of circumstances that came together at the wrong time and place.

Mrs. Frank was struck by two vehicles on the Kenai Spur Highway, possibly while attempting to cross the highway. It was a tragic situation.

Likewise in Kasilof on Wednesday night when 5-year-old Patrick McLane Babitt was accidentally shot by a sibling in the Babitts’ home.

In one horrific moment, a family’s life has been shattered.

On Friday came word of the peninsula’s first casualty of the Iraq war. Marine Cpl. Michael Lasky, of Soldotna, was 22 and gave the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, according to a statement from the Department of Defense.

Lasky was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

It was just about a year ago that Michael met his daughter, Liberty, for the first time.

Liberty recently celebrated her first birthday.

These three incidences have filled many of our friends and neighbors with sadness.

Our condolences go to the Frank family, the Babitt family and the Lasky family. We know these families have good memories of their loved ones, and we hope that will help to carry them through these difficult times.

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