Driver charged in Sterling motorcyclist's death
The woman at the wheel of a pickup truck which collided with a motorcycle in Sterling last week, killing its rider, has been charged with manslaughter and DUI in the crash.
Court records show the charges were filed Friday against Aprile Dawn Cresap, 53, following the Thursday collision. Alaska State Troopers say Sterling resident Michael Corteg, 60, died at the scene.
According to a trooper dispatch last week, Cresap had been turning left in a pickup truck from Joyfull Circle onto Peacefull Lane when she saw Corteg’s motorcycle. Both Cresap and Corteg swerved left, but Corteg – who was wearing a helmet – struck the truck and was fatally thrown from his vehicle.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters confirmed that Cresap was charged in the crash, but didn’t immediately have details from investigators on what led to the case against her.
Cresap was arraigned Friday, court recremained in custody Monday at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility, according to a statewide inmate database.
Corteg was one of three motorcyclists to die on Southcentral Alaska roads in the past week. Anchorage police say 41-year-old Timothy Bennett died after he struck a convertible late Wednesday in Muldoon, and 56-year-old Joe Carlos was fatally injured Saturday night after his motorcycle "burst into flames" on impact with a pickup truck on the Old Glenn Highway.
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