Man indicted in Seward Highway crash death

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A 28-year-old Anchorage man involved in a fatal crash was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on murder and assault charges.

Thomas Lorah was indicted last week on counts of second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault.

Alaska State Troopers say Lorah had a blood alcohol content nearly four times above the legal limit July 26 when his truck crashed head-on into a compact car, killing Ann Knofel and seriously injuring Bruce Knofel.

Witnesses told troopers they saw Lorah fishing on the Kenai Peninsula and drinking from a bottle of liquor. After a river trip, Lorah headed north toward Anchorage towing his raft.

Troopers took reports of an erratic, high speed driver. Lorah's truck struck the Knofels' car at Mile 89.7 Seward Highway.

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