Police say a 20-year-old male driver and his 6-year-old passenger were taken to the hospital after he flipped his truck near the Fred Meyer store at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
Juneau Police Department Sgt. David Wrightson said in a news release that the injuries were not life threatening. Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesman Jim Strader said both patients had since been treated and released.
A police investigation found that Thomas Marvelle was driving with his younger brother in a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck northbound on Egan Drive near Fred Meyer in the left lane, according to the release and JPD spokesman Lt. David Campbell.
The truck crossed through the median and into the oncoming lane of travel due to “driver inattention,” Campbell said. But when Marvelle swerved back into the proper lane, he hit the median, which caused the truck to roll over at least once, police said.
Campbell said Marvelle sustained minor scratching and swelling on his hands and wrists and a laceration on his left arm. The younger brother, who was buckled up in a car seat, had a band-aid on his forehead, Campbell said. The emergency room doctor told police it appeared as though all the wounds were superficial, and they would be “just fine,” Campbell said.
Police said Marvelle was cited for negligent driving. The truck was totaled and impounded.
Campbell said he didn’t know what the cause of the driver inattention was, but that it was not texting.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
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