Man killed in crash identified

Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Eagle River man killed in a motor-vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Robert Howard, 28.

Howard was traveling west on the highway near Mile 67.5 at 3:14 p.m. when he reportedly lost control of the 2003 Chevrolet Tracker he was driving.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the Tracker slid on the icy road into the oncoming lane and was hit broadside by a 1990 Ford Ranger pickup, driven by Keith Weyhmiller, 21, of Soldotna.

Howard was extricated from his vehicle and Central Emergency Services medics began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He died en route to Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Weyhmiller was injured and also taken to CPGH. His injuries were not life-threatening, a trooper report said. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Troopers said light rain was falling at the time of the accident, glazing the road surface. The air temperature was 32 degrees.

The wreck closed the highway for about three hours.

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