A 34-year-old Anchorage man died early Saturday morning, likely adding to the rising toll of drunk driving deaths in Alaska’s largest city.
Stephen Christopher Kenny, 34, was driving his 1995 Ford F-150 pickup east on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve approaching Tudor Road just before 3 a.m. The pickup, which police investigators estimate was traveling 68 to 75 mph, went over an embankment and through a wooden fence before stopping.
Medics pronounced Kenny dead at the scene of the crash, and an unnamed passenger was not seriously injured, police say. The cause of Kenny’s death was not given in a press release, and traffic investigators were unreachable Saturday.
The posted speed limit in that section of roadway is 35 mph.
Kenny’s passenger told police that the duo had been at a South Anchorage party, where both had been drinking.
read more here > Another likely DUI death as Anchorage pickup driver careens out of control | Alaska Dispatch.
Anchorage police have charged a 31-year-old Anchorage man with two counts of second-degree murder following a vehicle collision that killed two teenage girls who were walking home after shopping for back-to-school items Friday evening. The accident occurred near Abbott Road and 88th Street on the south side of Alaska’s largest city.
Stacey Allen Graham has been charged with the two murder counts, as well as operating under the influence. Preliminary tests indicate his blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit of .08 at the time of the crash, police say.
Witnesses told police they saw Graham recklessly driving his red 2006 Toyota Tacoma east on Dimond Boulevard at a high speed. As Graham approached the curve where Dimond turns into Abbott, he apparently lost control of his truck.
The Toyota went off the road and swerved onto a bike path on the west side of Abbott, where 15-year-olds Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr were walking, police say. Graham allegedly struck the two girls with his truck before colliding with a large business sign. The truck eventually came to rest on its side.
Graham suffered serious injuries from the crash, and responders had to remove the roof of his truck to remove the alleged drunken driver from his vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital.
Alcohol, reckless driving, speed and wet road conditions are considered factors that led to the tragic accident.
Responders declared the two teenagers dead at the scene.
via Alaska drunken driver charged with murdering two Anchorage teenagers | Alaska Dispatch.
A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier has been accused of a drunk driving death, killing a woman in a Sunday morning t-bone crash in East Anchorage, according to the Anchorage Police Department.
APD says Douglas Wyatt, 22, was driving a Chrysler 300 that crashed into a Monte Carlo shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Boniface Parkway and Debarr Road and killed Citari Townes-Sweatt, 20, the driver of the Monte Carlo.
via JBER Soldier Accused of Drunk Driving Killing Woman – ktuu.com.
A Juneau man faces a rare DUI charge for allegedly having a 0.313 breath-alcohol content as he floated through Fairbanks on an inflatable raft Sunday night.
Alaska’s driving under the influence law applies to people operating motor vehicles, water craft and airplanes. The vast majority of charges are for terrestrial motor vehicles.
But when Alaska State Troopers received a report of a “heavily intoxicated” man floating down the Chena River near the Parks Highway bridge at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, a wildlife trooper boat responded and arrested 32-year-old William Modene.
“Modene had been floating on the river for the day and consuming alcoholic beverages the entire time,” troopers wrote in their “daily dispatches” log on their website.
At 0.313, Modene’s breath-alcohol content was almost four times the legal limit for operating a vehicle, 0.08.
via Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Juneau man gets DUI on raft in Chena River.
A pregnant woman was trapped in her car after being hit from behind in Midtown Anchorage by an SUV with a drunk driver, according to Anchorage police. The woman delivered her baby on Saturday morning, a month early.
Felicia Ambrosio of Big Lake was in the far right lane westbound on 36th Avenue waiting for the light to change at C Street, said Lt. Dave Parker, a police spokesman.
Shara Paulsberg, 34, of Anchorage, was driving a Ford Explorer that slammed into the rear of Ambrosio’s Ford Taurus, Parker said. The SUV crushed the rear of the Taurus and pushed it across C Street into the Holiday station parking lot, where the Taurus ran into rocks and was further damaged, he said.
The driver has been apprehended. Meanwhile, he baby is listed in stable condition.
full story here > Woman hit by suspected drunk has emergency C-section: Crime | Alaska news at adn.com.
The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident in 2010 was sentenced to 45 days in jail Tuesday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.
Edna Hancock, 57, of Nenana, was driving a 1993 Chevy Suburban that collided with a 2003 Chevy Cavalier on the Parks Highway near Ester on Dec. 21, 2010. The only passenger in the Cavalier, Andrea Ruby, 28, of Dillingham, was prounounced dead at the scene. The driver, Jerry Hunt, 24, of Dillingham, was seriously injured and was flown to Anchorage for treatment.
Hancock was also seriously injured in the crash and flown to Anchorage for treatment. Troopers, unable to interview Hancock because she was unconscious, obtained a search warrant for her medical records, which revealed she had marijuana in her system and a blood alcohol content of 0.279.
via Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Driver in fatal Ester accident gets 45 days for DUI.
A Fairbanks man is facing second-degree murder, assault and DUI charges after two people died and three others were injured in a head-on vehicle collision on Nordale Road early this morning.
via Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Fairbanks man faces 2nd degree murder DUI charges in fatal vehicle crash.
UPDATE: Paul Kirsteatter has been sentenced to 29 years in prison in accordance with a plea agreement calling for 2 counts of Manslaughter and 2 counts of Felony Assault.