Former state Rep. Vic Kohring dead after head-on collision on Glenn Highway

Former state Rep. Vic Kohring dead after head-on collision on Glenn Highway
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 6:50 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2022 at 5:49 PM AKDT
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SUTTON, Alaska (KTUU) - Former state lawmaker Vic Kohring was killed Tuesday night in a head-on collision on the Glenn Highway. Kohring was 64.

Alaska State Troopers say officers were notified of a vehicle collision near mile 53 of the highway just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Troopers say Kohring was driving a Toyota minivan when it crossed the center line and collided with a semi-truck. Troopers did not immediately know why the Toyota crossed over.

Kohring, the only person in the minivan, was declared dead at the scene.

The Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The Glenn Highway was closed in both directions for about two hours. The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Kohring, a Republican out of Wasilla, served in the state House from 1995 to 2007 and is a graduate of Alaska Pacific University (formerly Alaska Methodist University), as well as Dimond High School in Anchorage.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Edna Devries remembered Kohring for the time he served the Wasilla community.

“I always felt that he reached out to his community,” Devries said. “We found him to be a man of his word and of the highest integrity.”

Kohring was charged and convicted by a federal jury in 2007 of bribery, attempted extortion, and conspiracy for accepting financial benefits from Alaskan oil company VECO Corporation in return for voting in favor of the company’s interests in the Alaska legislature. Kohring received multiple cash payments and solicited at least $17,000, according to the Department of Justice.

This story has been updated with new information.