by Kirstin Merkley ~ December 24th, 2013
written by Phillip Manning.
A vehicle crash on Monday morning has claimed the life of Richard Leo, 61,
of Trapper Creek. At 8:07 am on Monday, Alaska State Troopers and
Talkeetna Emergency Services received a call of a vehicle collision near
Mile 11 of the Talkeetna Spur Road. According to Trooper spokeswoman Beth
Ipsen, Richard Leo’s vehicle was traveling southbound on the Spur when he
lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the northbound lane, sliding
sideways. A Sunshine Transit shuttle was traveling northbound and hit
Leo’s vehicle on the passenger side. Richard Leo and the four dogs in his
vehicle were killed in the collision. The driver of the Sunshine Transit
van is unhurt, according to Troopers, and was carrying no passengers.
David Bryant, Executive Director of the Sunshine Community Health Center,
confirmed the incident, and says that Transit services will continue, but
adjustments will be made. He also says that the Clinic staff’s thoughts
and prayers are with Richard Leo’s family.