Shaktoolik teen killed in ATV crash
A young Shaktoolik man died overnight Monday in the wreck of an all-terrain vehicle near the Norton Sound community, Alaska State Troopers said.
A report of 18-year-old Levi Sagoonick’s death reached troopers shortly after noon Tuesday, according to an online dispatch.
“[Sagoonick] was found near a wrecked four-wheeler which struck a water pipe near the dump south of the community,” troopers wrote. “Sagoonick was not wearing a helmet.”
Troopers said Sagoonick had last been seen alive Monday night, riding the ATV through the village of about 280 people.
No foul play is suspected in Sagoonick's death, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, pending the completion of toxicology testing.
"It was reported to us by people that saw him before (the crash) that he was speeding, just driving erratically through town," Peters said.
The state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage will conduct an autopsy on Sagoonick. His next of kin have been notified.