Motorcyclist Injured In Diamond Ridge Collision

Aaron Selbig


     A motorcyclist injured in an vehicle accident Saturday in Homer is expected to survive his injuries. 

     At about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point received a report of a crash between a motorcycle and a truck at the intersection of Diamond Ridge Road and the Sterling Highway. Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen says 28-year-old Joseph Essex, of Anchor Point, was riding a 2005 Buell motorcycle on the Sterling Highway with a passenger – 20-year-old Shannon Smith, also of Anchor Point. Ipsen says a 2005 Chevrolet truck, driven by 59-year-old Laura Owens, of Homer, turned from Diamond Ridge Road onto the highway and in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle stuck the driver's side of the truck and crashed. 

     Both Smith and Essex were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Essex was transported via air ambulance helicopter to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and was admitted to the ICU. He is expected to recover from his injuries. Smith was treated for minor injuries. Owens and a passenger were not injured in the crash.

     The road was closed to traffic for just over an hour. The investigation continues.