2 die from injuries in vehicle accidents

Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2003

Two Kenai Peninsula men died as the result of injuries received in separate motor-vehicle accidents Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night.

Irton Slone, 70, a Kasilof automotive mechanic, died Wednesday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was taken after being seriously injured in a crash at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

Alaska State Troopers said Slone failed to yield when crossing the Sterling Highway at the Kalifornsky Beach Road intersection in Kasilof, and his vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by Jacqueline Hatten, 40, of Kasilof, traveling north on the highway.

Slone was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital and was later transferred to Pro-vidence. A passenger in Slone's vehicle reportedly refused medical treatment at the scene.

Hatten and a passenger in her vehicle were taken to CPGH for treatment of their injuries. Hatten remained hospitalized in fair condition Wednesday, according to a hospital spokes-person.

The accident remains under investigation. Troopers said alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

Kelly McLay, 40, died of massive head injuries Tuesday night after being partially ejected from his 1990 Chevy pickup when it left the roadway, rolled several times and came to rest against a garage, according to troopers.

At 10:58 p.m. Tuesday, Trooper Vic Aye reportedly saw McLay turning onto the Kenai Spur Highway without signaling after leaving the Forelands Bar.

McLay rapidly accelerated to a high rate of speed and Aye made a U-turn, attempting to catch up to the pickup and stop it.

A trooper report said it is not known if McLay knew troopers were behind him.

McLay continued at speeds exceeding 100 mph, according to the report, and turned onto Holt-Lamplight Road continuing to drive recklessly to Douglas Lane.

Aye turned on his emergency lights and siren in order to pass another truck on Holt-Lamplight and when the trooper turned onto Douglas, he lost sight of McLay's vehicle.

Aye turned off his emergency lights and siren, continued to the end of Douglas Lane, but could not find the pickup.

He returned to the area where he had last seen McLay and eventually found the truck off the side of the road and against the building. McLay was dead.

According to the trooper report, McLay was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and an investigation revealed he had been drinking prior to driving.

An autopsy has been requested by the state Medical Examiner's office, and troopers are continuing their investigation into the crash.

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