Charges: Driver visited 3 bars before deadly Wasilla crash
A woman charged in a deadly Mat-Su collision last fall admitted to drinking shortly before the crash, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Court records show Jessica Andersen, 31, charged this week with manslaughter in the October 2017 crash that killed driver Daisy Schumacher.
In a charging document, Trooper Jeffery Viernes described the scene troopers and Wasilla police found just before 5 a.m. on Oct. 21. The two-vehicle wreck took place on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway at Trent Circle.
“Daisy was in the driver seat of a gray 2017 Nissan Rogue,” Viernes wrote. “(S)he had her seat belt on and multiple airbags deployed inside the vehicle. Eventually Daisy was extracted from the vehicle and transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and pronounced deceased.”
Troopers found Andersen at the wheel of a black 2007 Ford Explorer, from which she was extricated before being evaluated at Mat-Su Regional.
“There was a strong odor of alcohol inside the vehicle and I also observed an open beer can behind the front passenger seat,” Viernes wrote.
An analysis of tire marks at the scene found that Andersen had crossed the center line into the highway’s oncoming lane and struck Schumacher’s vehicle head-on. Neither driver tried to brake or avoid the collision.
Troopers visited the hospital to speak with Andersen, who said she had been in Anchorage with a friend before driving to Palmer.
“While in Palmer, Jessica went to Palmer Bar, Moosehead Bar and Klondike’s,” Viernes wrote. “Jessica admitted to consuming some alcohol before driving to her residence.”
A DUI charge was forwarded to the Palmer district attorney’s office, according to Viernes, but that charge wasn’t listed in the case Thursday.
Andersen was scheduled for an out-of-custody arraignment Thursday afternoon.
Heather Hintze contributed information to this story.
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