A single-vehicle accident near Mile 35 of the Glacier Highway Monday night killed 19-year-old Gabriel Carte, and 25-year-old Ryan West was sent to the hospital as a precaution, said Sgt. Paul Hatch of the Juneau Police Department.
A witness said one man had been ejected from the vehicle.
According to a release from the Juneau Police Department, officers arrived on the scene to find a green 1994 Dodge pickup truck with extensive damage to the undercarriage, roof and passenger side. A preliminary investigation revealed that West and Carte were in the vehicle when it lost traction on the roadway and drove into the ditch rolling over several times.
Police stated that Carte sustained fatal injuries as a result of being ejected from the vehicle. West has since been released from the hospital with minor injuries.
Hatch said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. The highway was closed for about two hours. Carte’s remains were sent to the Anchorage Crime Lab for an autopsy. The vehicle was impounded as evidence.
The case remains under investigation.
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