The Juneau Police Department responded to a single motor vehicle accident late Monday night at the 35-mile mark of Glacier Highway. JPD received a call at 9:30 p.m. and the caller said one man had been ejected from the vehicle.
Officers arrived on scent to find a 1994 green Dodge pickup truck with extensive damage to the undercarriage, roof, and passenger side.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Juneau residents Ryan West, 25, and Gabriel Carte, 19, were in the vehicle when it lost traction on the roadway and drove into the ditch rolling over several times.
Carte sustained fatal injuries as a result of being ejected from the vehicle and West was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room for evaluation of minor injuries. He was later released.
According to JPD spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills, conversations by officers with West did not reveal who was driving or if seat belts were worn.
Carte’s remains were sent to the Anchorage Crime Lab for an autopsy. The vehicle was impounded as evidence and the case remains under investigation.
Court documents show West has a prior history of alcohol- and traffic-related convictions, including driving without a license in 2008, driving without a valid operator’s license in 2003 and 2007, a 2006 citation for consuming alcohol as a minor, failing to properly wear a seat belt in 2004, failing to exercise due care to avoid a 2004 collision, speeding in 2003 and 2004, low tire tread in 2003, an unspecified 2002 alcohol-related violation or infraction, and failing to maintain safe speed or distance in 2002.
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