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Story last updated at 6:16 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Anchor Point woman killed in crash near Cooper Landing

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

A two-vehicle crash Jan. 5 near Cooper Landing killed an Anchor Point woman. Catherine Williams, 60, died of her injuries at the scene.

The crash at Mile 61.9 on the Sterling Highway near the access to Kelly and Peterson Lakes closed the highway for at least seven hours. That stretch of highway is between the west and east ends of Skilak Loop Road.

About 12:05 p.m. Jan. 5, Williams was driving north in a 1990 Subaru Legacy when she lost control and collided with the guardrail on her side of the road. The Subaru then crossed the centerline and collided with a 1999 Dodge 1-ton, flatbed truck that was pulling a trailer loaded with drilling equipment, said Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers.

Williams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from her car.

The driver of the truck, Anthony Jennison, 27, of Palmer, was treated for minor, non life-threatening injuries. He was wearing his seatbelt.

Peters did not know the cause of the accident or contributing factors. Alcohol is not suspected as a factor, but as is required in fatal car crashes, blood draws were taken and toxicology tests will be done on both drivers.

Alaska State Troopers from Soldotna and Cooper Landing as well as Central Emergency Services responded. Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol, Kenai Peninsula Team also responded and is investigating the crash.

Williams was a 30-year Alaska resident who worked as a certified nursing assistant and construction flagger. Her family spoke of her strong Christian faith, saying "Cathy's essence was her confidence in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was Sunshine to everyone who knew her." She was a member of the church of Christ in Anchor Point.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Williams Sr. of Anchor Point; daughter, Amy Graham and her three children, all of Nampa, Idaho; son, Mark Williams Jr. and his three children, all of Boise, Idaho; mother, Irene Johnson of Houston, Texas; sisters Diane Jones and Gwen Banning, both of Houston, Texas; brothers, Eric Johnson of Austin, Texas, and Bill Johnson of Noblesville, Ind.; and biological father Norman Lowell of Anchor Point.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Glacierview Baptist Church, 960 East End Road in Homer. Williams' nephew Kevin Dennis will officiate.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.