Jury convicts snowmobiler in doctor's death

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

ANCHORAGE — A Kotzebue jury has convicted a 22-year-old snowmobiler in the 2008 death of a doctor outside the northwest Alaska community.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Patrick Tickett was convicted Tuesday of manslaughter, felony assault and driving under the influence in the death of 53-year-old Dr. Roger Gollub of Anchorage, who was driving a dog team for the first time.

Kotzebue musher Tracey Schaeffer was riding in the sled basket and was seriously injured when the snowmobile crashed into the dog sled..

Tickett’s lawyer argued that the death was an accident that Tickett could not avoid.

Tickett was originally charged with second-degree murder.

Assistant attorney general Gregg Olson said in court that Tickett’s blood alcohol content, tested hours after the crash, was .069 percent.

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