Motorcyclist killed in South Anchorage crash had green light, police say
The motorcyclist struck and killed Tuesday evening at a heavily trafficked South Anchorage intersection has been identified by police, who are still examining the crash that killed him.
Douglas J. Bittinger, 30, was wearing a helmet during the collision, which occurred just before 7:30 p.m. at the Old Seward Highway and Dowling Road according to police spokeswoman Renee Oistad. He had a green light when he collided with a minivan driven by Christopher Turkette.
“Bittinger had been traveling eastbound on Dowling, straight through the intersection with Old Seward, on a 2015 red Ducati motorcycle,” Oistad wrote in a statement. “Turkette was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica; he was westbound on Dowling, and had a yellow flashing arrow when he turned south onto Old Seward.”
Bittinger died about 10 minutes after the wreck, and his next of kin have been notified, Oistad said. Turkette stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers; no other injuries were reported in the crash.
“No charges have been filed at this time as the cause for the crash is still under investigation,” Oistad wrote. “It will not be known if drugs or alcohol were a factor until toxicology reports come back.”
Investigators have spoken with several witnesses to the wreck, Oistad said. It wasn’t clear whether Turkette saw Bittinger prior to the collision.
Police are asking any other witnesses to the collision to contact investigators by calling 907-786-8900.