1 dead, 4 injured in crash near Alaska Regional Hospital; driver fled the scene
A single-vehicle rollover crash early Wednesday morning has left one person dead, and four injured, according to Anchorage police. The driver, now charged with a DUI, fled the scene of the crash, which happened just after 1 a.m.
Police say a van was traveling west “at a high rate of speed” on Debarr Road near Alaska Regional Hospital, when it rolled near the curve at Alaska Regional Drive, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department.
The van, carrying five people, flipped several times before landing in the hospital’s overflow parking lot, police say. The van had no back seats, APD says, adding several passengers were ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
One male passenger has been confirmed dead from the crash. The other passengers, a woman and two men, are being treated for injuries. The woman is in critical condition, APD says.
The driver who fled was identified as 49-year-old Luther Rollins. He was later found by an APD K-9 near Airport Heights Elementary School, taken into custody and treated for his injuries.
Rollins is charged with manslaughter, DUI, one count of third-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. He was taken to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.
An investigator at the scene said APD will try to get surveillance footage from Alaska Regional Hospital to assist in the investigation.
Next of kin for the man who died in the crash have not yet been notified.
This is a developing story; please check back for updates.
KTVA’s Sierra Starks contributed to this report.
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