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Story last updated at 5:12 PM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Elder killed in weekend car crash on icy road



By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

A Sunday morning car crash on an icy hill near Voznesenka killed a Homer elder. Agafia Polushkin, 94, died in a two-car crash about 8 a.m. Dec. 18.

Another passenger in Polushkin's car was taken to South Peninsula Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the crash happened when a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Peter Basargin, 23, of Homer, drove west on East End Road near mile 22 followed by the car Polushkin rode in, a 2003 Honda Pilot driven by Cornily Reutov, 45.

As both cars drove up an icy, steep hill near Voznesenka, the Ford lost traction and slid backward, hitting the front of the Honda. Both cars slid further and wound up in the ditch.

Kachemak Emergency Services emergency medical technicians responded and Polushkin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Polushkin did not wear a seatbelt, troopers said.

Next of kin were notified and her body sent to the Alaska State Medical Examiner's office.

Alcohol and drugs did not appear to be involved in the crash, troopers said.

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

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