1 dead in rollover accident

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction issued to a Kenai Police Department dispatch, that the Jeep hit a utility pole when it went into the ditch.

Update 11:15 a.m.:

Kenai Police have released that 23-year-old Sammantha Ann Kelley of Kenai was the woman who died early this morning in a fatal rollover accident on the Kenai Spur Highway.


Original story:

One woman has died and another person was taken to the hospital after a single car rollover between Kenai and Soldotna.

Kenai Police got a report of a single vehicle rollover just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. A maroon Jeep Cherokee was westbound near mile 5 of the Kenai Spur Highway when it went into a ditch, police wrote in a dispatch.

“As the vehicle hit the ditch it went airborne, struck a (utility) pole and rolled multiple times,” police wrote.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected, according to the dispatch. She was declared dead at the scene. A single passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police wrote in the dispatch.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to the release.

Kenai Police Chief Dave Ross said the family of the driver is still being notified, so her identity is not being released yet.


Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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