Woman hurt in East Anchorage hit-and-run
Anchorage police say a woman was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was hit by a car in East Anchorage Sunday night.
According to police, a man and 26-year-old Shawna Stephan pulled over in a vehicle near 19th Avenue and Bragaw Street and began arguing just before 9 p.m. At some point, the woman got back into the vehicle, which had kids inside, and took off eastbound on 19th Avenue and hit a pedestrian as she made a sharp turn.
According to charging documents against Stephan, police first received reports at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday of a maroon minivan being driven in a “reckless and erratic manner” in the Penland Parkway trailer park, as well as the Columbine neighborhood north of DeBarr Road.
“Reports described a female (Alaska) Native adult driver, an adult male passenger, and three children,” prosecutors wrote. “Callers stated that the driver appeared ‘very out of it’ and intoxicated.”
About 20 minutes later, a caller on East 19th Avenue told dispatchers the minivan had struck and damaged a fence on his property. After the collision, he said, a man and three children got out of the minivan.
"As the driver made the U-turn, she struck an adult female pedestrian, a fence and drove off at a high rate of speed," police wrote in a statement Monday morning.
Police didn't learn the victim -- a woman walking near Primrose Place and East 19th -- had been struck until they arrived at the scene.
“[The victim], severely injured with pelvic fractures, rib fractures and organ damage, was transported to Alaska Native Medical Center for emergency surgery,” prosecutors wrote.
Officers tracked Stephan and the minivan -- a 1998 Chrysler Town and Country -- to the 4400 block of Reka Drive. Prosecutors said Stephan, found by police inside an apartment there, was “highly intoxicated and performed poorly on the standardized field sobriety tests.”
Stephan was taken to the Anchorage Jail, where she provided a breath sample with an alcohol content of .293 – more than three times Alaska’s legal limit for driving of .08.
Stephan’s license has been revoked, according to charges, following an October arrest for operating under the influence in which she was released on her own recognizance – under conditions that she obey all laws.
“It is [Stephan’s] third alcohol-related driver’s license revocation since 2008,” prosecutors wrote.
Stephan was arrested on charges of operating under the influence, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a license canceled/suspended/revoked.
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