Brake failure causes car crash with minor injuries

Police say a car that had a brake failure caused an accident downtown at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

A 61-year-old man driving a 1984 Merz that “lost its brakes” struck three parked, unoccupied vehicles in the 500 block of Kennedy Street near Fifth Street, said Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara.

The driver sustained minor injuries but declined transport to the hospital, according to a report from Capital City Fire/Rescue. A 54-year-old woman in the passenger seat was not injured, police said.

Damage to the vehicles was moderate, police said. Alcohol was not involved.

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On Jan. 19, 1987, with revenues half of what they were the year before and an estimated budget deficit ranging from $700-$900 million, the 15th Alaska Legislature began working on the state’s enormous budget deficit. Everyone was present for the Legislature’s first day except for Sen. Frank Ferguson, D-Kotzebue, who resigned shortly after his election because of health problems. Taking his place was Kotzebue businessman and Native leader Willie Hensley, whom Gov. Steve Cowper appointed for the position until the 1988 elections.

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