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Crash kills one, injures five


March 15, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers, the Ketchikan Police Department and North Tongass Fire Department responded to the area of 11.4 mile of the North Tongass highway Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:12 pm to a report of a two vehicle collision.

Information gathered at the scene by the Alaska State Troopers revealed that 16 year old Milisa A. Jakubek of Ketchikan lost control of her southbound 1980 Chevy passenger car, crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and was stuck by a northbound 1989 Chevy pickup driven by Gary Leroy Weston of Ketchikan. It was first incorrectly reported that the driver was Gerald Weston III who lives in Juneau.

Weston had four passengers in his vehicle, 22 year old Anthony Guthrie, 15 year old Denise Weston, 17 year old Spencer Inkster and 18 year old Gregory Bachant. Jakubek had no passengers in her vehicle.

All involved were transported to Ketchikan General Hospital, some with serious injuries. Jakubek, who was wearing a seat belt was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival at the hospital.

The Alaska State Troopers reported that they were not able to interview all of the other passenger but information gathered at the hospital indicated that neither Bachant or Inkster were wearing seat belts.

At this time, the Alaska State Troopers report that speed too fast for road conditions and inexperience is believed to be the contributing factors for this collision. There is no indication at this point to suggest that alcohol or drugs are involved. Next of kin have been notified.



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