APD investigating fatal motorcycle crash as homicide
A crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle was originally reported by police as a fatal collision. After a preliminary investigation Wednesday morning of the crash near West 15th and Minnesota Drive, the Anchorage Police Department is pursuing the case as a homicide.
The department said this is not a hit-and-run investigation.
On Thursday, APD identified the person killed as 36-year-old Christopher M. Lebert.
According to a statement from police late Wednesday afternoon, the gray-black SUV involved in the incident was determined to have been stolen from the Port of Alaska Tuesday night. APD said the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was pursuing a white and green motorcycle; the driver of the motorcycle was found deceased on southbound Minnesota Drive near 15th Avenue.
In traffic camera footage of the area, smoke was seen billowing from the SUV as it drove down Minnesota Drive, apparently dragging the motorcycle. The driver of the SUV stops on the Hillcrest Drive off-ramp and someone exits the vehicle, walks around, then gets back in. The SUV then continued south on the exit. A spokesperson for APD said the driver of the motorcycle was not on the bike while it was dragged.
Police say the vehicle was later found near Lynn-Ary Park in West Anchorage.
According to the statement from APD, police are still determining exactly how the victim died. The person's identity has not yet been released.
Detectives are searching for witnesses and surveillance video related to this investigation. According to APD's release, there are three specific search areas:
1. Port of Alaska last night between 6:30 p.m. and midnight.
2. Area of Minnesota Parkway/L Street/15th Avenue last night between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.
3. Turnagain area near Lynn-Ary Park between this morning midnight and 12:30 a.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call dispatch at 311 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the name of the deceased.
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