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Police dog hunts for driver after alleged wrongful death incident

A motor vehicle collision involving a minivan occurred recently in Alaska. The accident did not involve any other vehicles but did result in a fatality plus injuries to several others. The man reportedly behind the wheel at the time of the alleged wrongful death accident is said to have fled the area on foot.

The minivan that crashed did not have any rear seats inside. Multiple passengers were riding in the van when it crashed. It was just after 1 a.m. when the allegedly speeding vehicle began to flip and roll over several times before coming to a halt in a nearby parking lot.

The parking lot happened to be attached to a local hospital. Two passengers in the van reportedly suffered minor injuries. Another woman was hospitalized and listed in critical condition. Sadly, one man died at the scene of the crash. The 49-year-old man who was thought to have been the driver took off on foot and was tracked down with the help of a police dog.

The dog reportedly located the man about 10 minutes after the crash, near a local elementary school. Because he had also been injured in the accident, the man was first taken to the hospital for treatment. He was then transported to a jail cell and was being held on a $15,000 bond. Charges against the man include assault, manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Other single vehicle accidents in Alaska have led to litigation in civil court when recovering injured victims have filed claims against negligent drivers; wrongful death claims may also be filed by an immediate family member of a deceased victim.

Source:, "(UPDATE) Driver of minivan ran away after deadly crash, police say", July 13, 2016

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