Juneau woman, found unconscious, dies after vehicle crashes

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Juneau woman is dead after being involved in a one-vehicle crash at about 5 a.m. Saturday morning, police said. The driver of the car told police the accident occurred while he was rushing the woman to the hospital because she had passed out.

Melinda Chamberlin, 41, was pronounced dead at the Bartlett Regional Hospital after Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel took her from the accident, which occurred in the 5500 block of Glacier Highway, police said.

Police identified the driver as Remond Henderson, 55, and said Chamberlin was unconscious in the car.

Henderson told police he was rushing Chamberlin to the hospital after she had passed out for reasons that authorities did not immediately disclose. On the way, Henderson drove his 1999 Jeep into a ditch. The vehicle received minimal damage, police said.

Alcohol was involved in the incident, police said, and Henderson's blood and urine were drawn at the hospital.

There were no external signs of injury to Chamberlin, police said.

Her body will be sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage for an autopsy, police said.

The area around the accident was closed for about four hours while authorities inspected the scene, police said.

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