1 dead in single-vehicle Parks Highway crash
A driver died early Tuesday in a single-vehicle Houston crash, the second fatal wreck on the Parks Highway in roughly 12 hours.
Alaska State Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said Tuesday’s wreck, near Mile 52.5 of the Parks, was reported just before 5 a.m. Trooper identified the deceased in an online dispatch as 63-year-old Houston resident Charles Roney.
"Investigation determined that [Roney] was traveling south on the Parks Highway in his 2001 Jeep Cherokee when, for unknown reasons, his vehicle left the roadway, colliding with several mailboxes before coming to rest against trees," troopers wrote. "Roney was not wearing his seat belt."
Roney was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. His next of kin have been notified.
The crash follows a wreck near Mile 156.5 of the Parks at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, in which a 5-year-old Palmer girl, her mother and two Fairbanks motorcyclists lost their lives. Four other people in another Fairbanks family were also injured when a Subaru Outback driven by the girl’s mother crossed into the oncoming lane, striking two motorcycles and then a pickup truck.
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