APD names person who died in Westchester Lagoon crash
Anchorage police have ended their search for a potential fourth victim in Tuesday's Westchester Lagoon crash that killed one person and sent two others to the hospital.
An updated community alert from the Anchorage Police Department Thursday said traffic investigators determined only three people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, despite indicating there may have been a fourth on Tuesday.
On Friday APD named the person who died as 33-year-old Justin Ching. Next of kin have been notified.
An initial alert around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday said Anchorage police and the Anchorage Fire Department responded to the high-speed car crash near Minnesota Drive, just north of Hillcrest Drive.
A preliminary investigation found that an SUV traveling northbound on Minnesota Drive went out of control and crashed into the east side of the lagoon.
None of the people in the vehicle were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and police said all of them were ejected. Ching was pronounced dead at the scene; two women were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police temporarily closed the northbound lanes of Minnesota Drive from West 25th Avenue to West 15th Avenue and I Street. Roads opened just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Other drivers were on the road at the time of the crash. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident or seen the vehicle driving prior to the crash to call them if they haven’t spoken with law enforcement already.
The investigation is ongoing.
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