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Mystery solved, charges filed in fatal pedestrian accident

Alaska police had been investigating a recent motor vehicle crash when new information was brought to their attention. The fatal pedestrian accident took place just after 5:30 a.m. on a recent Monday. Some time later, a man called a local police station, claiming he was responsible for the collision.

The 20-year-old man reportedly spoke with police just before 5 p.m. the same day of the tragic accident. He allegedly said he had been the driver of the car that had struck another man at an intersection approximately 12 hours earlier. Authorities described a terrible situation that eventually led to the victim's death.

They say the victim had been crossing the street when a west-bound vehicle, traveling at excessive speed, crashed into him after running a red light. The driver is said to have kept going, while the victim was trapped in the vehicle's windshield. At some point, the car rammed into a bus stop sign and came to a halt on a nearby sidewalk.

Officers say the driver, who apparently had his mother in the car with him at the time, then exited his vehicle. He allegedly removed the injured man from his windshield, leaving the victim lying on the ground. He told police he had felt a slight pulse in the victim before he fled the scene; however, by the time authorities got there, the victim had died. The man believed responsible for this horrific fatal pedestrian accident in Alaska is now being held without bond in jail. Similar situations in the past have led to wrongful death claims being filed in civil court by deceased victims' immediate family members.

Source:, "Manslaughter Charges for Driver of Northern Lights Hit and Run", Sept. 7, 2016

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