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Anchorage teen recovers after pedestrian accident

Watching a family member recover after an accident is something no one ever wishes to experience. Unfortunately a pedestrian accident involving a drunk driver forced a family to watch their loved one do just that in an Anchorage hospital room. Details of the recent hit-and-run came to light at the arraignment of a 20-year-old woman charged in the accident. Reports indicate that she was drunk at the time and unaware of what she struck.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours as two teenagers were crossing Huffman Road. The black 2006 PT cruiser struck one of the boys leaving him in critical condition. The driver never stopped as she left the scene of the accident. The police were able to identify the vehicle and driver based on broken parts of the vehicle left behind after the accident. As police inspected the vehicle damage they reported that it showed damage indicating it could have been involved in a 'pedestrian strike.'

When initially questioned by police, the owner of the home where the driver's car was parked said that she believed she hit a stop sign. A friend of the accused, who spoke to her moments after the accident, told reporters that she had said she hit a mailbox. This witness also told police that she was intoxicated at the time. Another witness told investigators that she sent text messages in the hours following the horrifying accident telling him or her that she had been in a crash, but had no recollection of what happened because 'she was so drunk.'

The Anchorage police have arrested and charged the driver with multiple charges, and the family is now relying on the courts to see that she serves her full time for her involvement in the pedestrian accident. However, treatment and rehabilitation services needed to recover from the massive head trauma and other serious injuries this young man sustained will be very costly. The financial assistance that might come from a separate civil judgment could offset these mounting expenses. The young man and his family may avail themselves of the civil courts to ensure he receives the financial support needed to return to the full and productive life any young teenager hopes to have.

Source:, "Kayla Johnson, 20, Arraigned in South Anchorage Hit-and-Run Crash," Neil Torquiano, July 27, 2013

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