Suspected drunk driver charged after fatal rollover accident in North Pole
Updated Monday, Feb. 9
A Fairbanks man has been charged with negligent homicide after troopers say he lost control behind the wheel in North Pole, resulting in a single-vehicle rollover that left one woman dead.
Just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of the accident near mile 352 of the Richardson Highway.
When troopers responded, they determined the Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound on the highway at a high speed when the driver lost control and entered the center median, according to an AST dispatch posted Saturday.
The vehicle then began to roll multiple times before stopping in the northbound lanes of the highway. The sole passenger, 26-year-old Amber Rae Evans, was ejected from the vehicle. Evidence at the scene suggested Evans had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to court documents.
Kieran Duffy, 26, admitted to troopers that he and Evans were drinking beforehand, according to Sgt. Jess Carson in court documents. According to Evans’ mother, the two had been dating roughly three months.
Duffy initially avoided answering questions regarding who was driving, and later told troopers he was not the driver. When evidence indicated that Duffy was the driver in the collision, troopers contacted the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office. The decision was then made to arrest Duffy on one count of criminally negligent homicide and one count of manslaughter.
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