Unalaska teens who died in crash remembered at memorial
The community of Unalaska honored the memory of two teens killed in a car crash last week during a memorial Thursday evening.
“You can imagine how impacting this is to a small community that’s isolated,” Unalaska’s interim police chief John Lucking said. “These girls grew up here and are part of the fine weave of our town.”
A GoFundMe page for memorial expenses exceeded its $60,000 goal in five days with more than 360 people donating to the fund, which will also offset the costs for family to travel to and from the island.
The driver, 18-year-old Dustin Ruckman, survived. He told authorities he was thrown from the vehicle before it went over the edge. After the crash, Ruckman said he climbed back to the road and ran down the mountain’s east side, where he was able to stop another driver who called 911.
KUCB in Unalaska reported local police are investigating the crash, but they are in need of an expert who can climb up and down the mountain to collect evidence. Autopsies have been completed but the results may not be available for another month.
As of Monday, there were no charges filed in the case, KUCB's article states.
Jes Stugelmayer contributed to this report.
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