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Two People Killed in Car Crash

Two Kenai Peninsula residents died in a head-on car crash in Kasilof this weekend.

Twenty-nine-year-old Hannah Hill, of Kenai, and 31-year-old Jessica Neff, of Soldotna, both died when their car collided with another on Cohoe Loop Road Sunday, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers say they received a call around 7:45 Sunday evening that there had been a collision around milepost 12 of Cohoe Loop. They determined Hill’s car, a 2018 Ford Focus, was traveling west at a high speed when it crossed over the yellow center line and into the eastbound lane, where 42-year-old Michael Smith, of Kasilof, was driving in a 2000 Chevrolet pickup. Troopers say the cars collided head on.

Both cars sustained damage and were towed and both Hill and Neff were pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to troopers.

Officials say they notified next of kin and are continuing to investigate the incident.

Sabine Poux is a freelance reporter based in Homer. She was formerly news director and evening news host at KDLL in Kenai.

Originally from New York, Sabine has lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont, where she fell in love with local news. She covers all things Kenai Peninsula, but is especially interested in stories related to energy and fishing. She'd love to hear your ideas at