The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Local woman dies in accident near Hope


October 19, 2017 | View PDF

Presence Bissonette, 37. a Seward Library staff member, was killed in an early-morning accident on the Seward Highway near Hope Junction on Saturday, October 14.

According to a report from the Alaska State Troopers, Bissonette died at the scene of the crash near Mile 53.8 when her Toyota Rav4 was struck by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Neng Thoa, a 47-year-old resident of Anchorage.

The trooper investigation indicated that Thao lost control of his vehicle on an icy patch of highway, crossed the centerline and struck Bissonette’s vehicle head-on.

A passenger in Thao’s car, Kaying Lee, also died in the accident.


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