Police ID victim in Saturday hit-and-run
Anchorage police have identified the victim of a Saturday hit-and-run collision as 24-year-old Erin Bailey.
A driver accused of fatally striking his roommate with an SUV and allegedly told police that the victim slipped.
The victim, who was hit at Baxter Road and Northern Lights Boulevard just before 5 p.m. Saturday, was taken to a hospital but died that evening.
Police said Sunday that 27-year-old Corey S. Hoppe was identified as the driver, with officers alerted to look for him and the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving. Hoppe was pulled over in a traffic stop at Elmore and Dowling roads at about 1 a.m. Sunday, and initially arrested for leaving the scene of an injury accident.
"Initial indications are that Hoppe and the victim were roommates," police wrote. "They were in the Suburban together when some type of disagreement occurred between the two of them. After the victim exited the passenger side of the Chevy at the corner of Baxter and Northern Lights, Hoppe made a right-hand turn running over the victim in the process."
The victim was found in a crosswalk on the north side of the intersection, suffering from life-threatening injuries.
In a charging document against Hoppe, some witnesses claimed the victim had been pushed from the SUV but traffic cameras neither confirmed nor denied those reports.
After the victim got out of the Suburban, prosecutors said, it ran over him while illegally making a right turn from a left-turn-only lane.
"Upon arrival, medics on the scene advised the deceased had been run over from his chest to his head," prosecutors wrote.
Surveillance footage subsequently tracked Hoppe driving away from the crash eastbound on Northern Lights, then northbound on Bragaw Street, eastbound on DeBarr Road and northbound on Boniface Parkway.
When police spoke with Hoppe, he allegedly said the victim got out, slipped and "got run over."
"Hoppe stated that after he hit the deceased, he looked in his rearview mirror and observed the deceased on the road," prosecutors wrote. "Hoppe stated that he did not stop or call for help because he was low on gas."
Another Anchorage hit-and-run suspect earlier this year, 39-year-old Brandon Cockburn, allegedly gave the same reason for driving a van through a red light at 6th Avenue and Cordova Street on June 20. Cockburn faces charges of assault and leaving the scene after striking and severely injuring a motorcyclist.
Baxter was closed northbound at Northern Lights but reopened by 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Jeff Bridges and Dave Leval contributed information to this story.
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