Car accident injures Fairbanks legislator

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2002

JUNEAU - A state legislator was hospitalized Tuesday evening following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Egan Drive and Channel Drive at Salmon Creek.

According to police, Rep. Joe L. Hayes, a 31-year-old Fairbanks Democrat, was driving a Mercury Topaz on Channel Drive at about 7:20 p.m. when he failed to stop at a red light. Hayes' car was struck on the driver's side by a Dodge Ram truck on Egan Drive driven by a 46-year-old Juneau woman.

The force of the collision pushed the Topaz approximately 50 yards down Egan Drive, according to witnesses, and the truck hit and downed a stoplight.

Hayes was admitted to Bartlett Regional Hospital following the crash. Hospital spokeswoman Marijo Toner said Hayes suffered a slight concussion, a cut over his left eye and bruises. Toner said he was in good condition this morning and was expected to be released today.

Police cited Hayes for failing to stop at a steady red light. Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said there was no indication as of this morning that alcohol contributed to the accident.

Hayes left a legislative reception at the Juneau Empire just before the accident. A passenger in Hayes' vehicle and the three occupants of the Dodge Ram did not require medical treatment. Hayes' vehicle was totaled in the accident; the Dodge Ram sustained $6,000 damage.

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