Anchorage man guilty of fatal hit-and-run
The man accused of a fatal hit and run last summer in east Anchorage will spend three and a half years in prison after he was found guilty for multiple charges.
Clyde Reynolds, 39, was convicted on charges including failing to render aid — which is a felony and criminal negligence in court on Tuesday.
Police say he struck Jacob Askoak at 4th Avenue and Boniface and left the scene before officers arrived on the evening of June 10, 2017.
At his arraignment last June, Reynolds shed a tear in court after hearing what witnesses saw.
“Me and my 16-year-old daughter went over to Jake. He was bleeding all over the street,” testified a witness who saw what happened and asked not to be named. She described Askoak’s last moments, lying on the pavement.
“He died right there in front of us,” she said.
According to court documents, Reynolds was driving 45 miles per hour in a 25 zone when he hit Askoak. Delores Askoak says the news of her son’s death tore her apart.
“Now I know how other mothers, fathers feel when they lose their own child. It hurts. Very hard,” she said, crying outside the courtroom.
Reynolds also shed a tear as he listened to the witness describing Askoak’s injuries, which she called carnage.
“When I go to sleep at night I see his face and I’m so thankful that his mother gave me a picture of him so that I can see what he looked like in real life,” said the witness.
Police found a damaged car matching witness’ descriptions at Reynold’s mother’s home. It was a Mercedes Benz with a dented hood and was missing a piece of its grill. The grill was found at the scene of the crash, along with tread marks on the road, according to court documents.
Delores Askoak said her son had a big heart and was always helping others. She had a message for Reynolds after seeing him in court.
“We’re a forgiving family,” she said. “Please put God in your heart. Hopefully, he’ll forgive you too.”
According to court documents, this is not the first time Reynolds has been involved in a hit-and-run. Police in Prichard, Alabama arrested him for the same crime in 2004.
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