• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 50s

210 days later, charges still pending in bicyclist death case

By KTVA Alaska Photojournalist: John Thain - 7:51 PM July 31, 2014

More than 200 days ago, Eldridge Griffith was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike across a street. Eight months later, his case is still being actively investigated, as are the deaths of two more bicyclists hit and killed this year, police say.

Griffith was killed on Jan. 2, Ashley Xiong was killed on May 9 and Jeffery Dusenbury was killed earlier this month.

Police say all bike-vs-vehicle collision cases are investigated as if two cars had crashed. When a person is killed, the case is investigated as as a homicide.

So far, no arrests have been made in any of these three cases.

Assistant District Attorney Clint Campion says it can take weeks for medical examiner results, out-of-state toxicology reports and other info needed to determine if any charges should be filed.

“The fact that there is an investigation doesn’t mean that charges will be filed,” Campion said. “We go into it with an open mind. We don’t start with the perspective that we’re absolutely going to charge someone. We need to be objective.”

Campion says sometimes, fatal collisions turn out to be accidents and not crimes.

“Give us the time necessary to make the appropriate decision,” Campion asks of the Anchorage bicyling community. “We want to make sure that we make the right decision and we want to do it as quickly as we can.”

Nonetheless, some bicyclists fear the delay in charges and arrests is sending the public the wrong message.

“If you can strike a bicyclist or pedestrian and not have any recourse or consequence, then that’s not going to send a message to the community that bicyclists are valued members of the community,” Steve Cleary said.

Especially when Cleary, with Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, says cyclists’ safety is too often overlooked by drivers.

“I was crossing the street on 36th by Denali and I got right-turned right into,” one cyclist told KTVA.

“I thought I had the right of way to go so I went and he hit the top of my legs,” another cyclist shared.

Both of these collisions could have easily ended in fatality, according to the bicyclists, and possibly could have been avoided by using common sense and courtesy.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Red Cross of Alaska speaks out for Giving Tuesday

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 27, 22:48

    After Thanksgiving, shoppers have a number of opportunities to save big: first there’s Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday and finally, Cyber Monday. Many use the sales in stores and online as a chance to get deals on Christmas presents for their loved ones, but the Red Cross of Alaska says Giving Tuesday is another […]

  • News

    Thousands turn out for Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Anchorage

    by Daniella Rivera on Nov 27, 22:37

    Friday night, thousands packed Town Square Park for the annual AT&T Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, marking the official start of the holiday season in Anchorage. Alaskans enjoyed free hot cocoa and cookies, kids got to meet Santa Claus and his reindeer, and Alaskans gave back through donations to Toys for Tots. Live music was provided by […]

  • News

    Eagle River women turn to Kickstarter to fund indoor dog park

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 27, 20:42

    Thousands of Alaskan dog owners know around this time of year it can be tough to get your dog enough exercise. Whether it’s cold and icy or wet and muddy, conditions aren’t always ideal for a long walk. That’s what inspired Alyssa Oehmke and Melanie Wallace to found the Alaska Canine Club, an indoor dog park. […]

  • News

    Locally-owned Anchorage stores brace for ‘Small Business Saturday’

    by Liz Raines on Nov 27, 18:18

    Although Black Friday had a low turnout in Anchorage this year, many local businesses say they’re banking on Saturday sales. “‘Small Business Saturday’ is always the big push, people come out in full force which is awesome, we appreciate that, completely,” said Annie Ciszak Pazar, owner of Bella Boutique in Spenard. “You know they call […]

  • News

    Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting suspect in custody, 3 dead

    by CBS/AP on Nov 27, 18:10

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An alleged gunman surrendered to police Friday, five hours after he opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Police Lt. Catherine Buckley said two civilians and one police officer were killed. The officer was from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police department, which was among the local […]

  • News

    Dangerous avalanche conditions continue across Southcentral Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Nov 27, 17:39

    Warm, above-average temperatures mixed with wet, heavy snow have created extremely unsafe backcountry conditions across much of Southcentral Alaska. Avalanche forecaster Wendy Wagner wouldn’t venture into the Turnagain backcountry to check conditions on Friday. “We won’t even go off the road,” she explained. “We spend our time driving and looking for debris piles because you […]

  • Crime

    Spring Creek inmate faces attempted murder, assault charges

    by Shannon Kemp on Nov 27, 15:46

    A man already serving time at the Spring Creek Correctional Center for attempted murder has been charged with assaulting and attempting to murder a fellow inmate. The alleged assault occurred on Aug. 4, when 47-year-old Mark Spencer attacked a 41-year-old inmate at the correctional center in Seward. The victim was “cut seriously,” according to an […]

  • News

    Man reportedly pulls gun at Anchorage Lowe’s when asked to provide receipt

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 27, 14:05

    A man reportedly pulled a gun at an Anchorage Lowe’s on Black Friday after an employee asked to see the man’s receipt for a power tool. The man walked into the Tudor Road store and grabbed a DeWalt power tool, according to a Lowe’s employee who asked not to be named. At one point, a […]