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Police identify cyclist killed in South Anchorage hit-and-run

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:00 AM July 20, 2014

Updated 7/20/2014, 11:00 a.m.: Anchorage Police Department has identified the cyclist killed as 51-year-old Jeffery Dusenbury of Anchorage. Charges against the 17-year-old driver are still pending.

ANCHORAGE – Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that took the life of a cyclist in South Anchorage Saturday morning.

The crash happen just before 10:30 a.m. at Spruce Park near 84th Avenue and Spruce Street, according to the Anchorage Police Department. An officer at the scene said a 51-year-old man was biking past the park when he was struck by a black Chevy pickup truck speeding in reverse down 84th Avenue.

Officers detained a 17-year-old girl who they believe was at the wheel.

Celestina Adcox lives directly across the street from the scene, and said the truck was going so fast she could hear it screeching. The driver hit the bicyclist in the back and continued in reverse, hitting the wooden bollards along the outskirts of the park.

The truck fled and Adcox sprang into action.

She said she yelled for another witness to get the truck’s license plate number and call 911. A trained nurse, Adcox said she did all she could to keep the man alive until medics arrived.

“He was still breathing because he was laying down on the right side. I don’t want to move him because he might have (a) head injury,” Adcox said. “The police came and he said, ‘Let’s do CPR.’”

Adcox and the officer took turns performing CPR on the man. She said he was unresponsive before ambulances arrived. The man was taken to the hospital where he died, police said.

Police are in the process of notifying the man’s family, and APD spokeswoman Anita Shell said no charges had been filed against the driver as of Saturday afternoon.

It is not yet clear whether the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said.

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