Man killed in East End Road crash

A single-vehicle crash late last Friday killed a 32-year-old Homer man. In a press release, Alaska State Troopers said Jonathan R. Osteen died of his injuries when he was ejected from his truck.

Troopers said they believed Osteen died before they arrived at the scene. Kachemak Emergency Service medics confirmed Osteen’s death at about 12:40 a.m. Sept. 10. Next of kin was notified.

Troopers said Osteen had been involved in a disturbance troopers responded to about 11:25 p.m. Sept. 9.

According to the press release, troopers received a 911 call from a woman reporting a disturbance while she was parked with a man in his truck near Mile 10 East End Road. Troopers later identified the man involved in the disturbance as Osteen. The woman stayed on the phone with dispatchers while the man drove away.

She gave troopers a partial license plate number and a description of the truck. Troopers met the woman at the scene and drove her to Osteen’s home in the Mile 10 East End Road area to get her car.

The woman said she had met Osteen at a Homer Spit bar earlier that night. A sober friend of the woman drove her to Homer to stay for the night.

While at Osteen’s house, troopers got a call of a single-vehicle crash near Mile 13 East End Road involving a truck similar to that the woman had described. Troopers responded and found a white Dodge 2500 pickup truck rolled on its passenger side. Witnesses at the scene found Osteen after he had been ejected from his truck.

Osteen did not wear his seatbelt. Troopers said they believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.

Osteen’s body was sent to the Alaska State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy. As is standard in fatal car crashes, a blood draw for a toxicology test was done. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said toxicology tests take from four to eight weeks.

Investigation into the crash is continuing.