Speeding car damages 4 parked vehicles, wall

Teen-ager charged with reckless driving

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002

Charles Curtis arrived at the scene of a five-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon near Egan Drive and saw what used to be the subport fence sticking out of his mangled engine block, with his truck's antifreeze spilled onto the concrete below. Curtis went pale, doubled over twice and tried to catch his breath.

"When I saw it I just couldn't believe it," said Curtis. "He rammed it perfect."

Police alleged Jeffrey Siler, 16, caused an estimated $27,000 in damage when he drove his vehicle over the sidewalk in front of the subport parking lot and into four unoccupied, parked vehicles around 1 p.m. Thursday.

Siler had one passenger, whose name was not released, in his truck. No one was injured.

According to a police press release, Siler was driving on Whittier Avenue and made a left turn onto Egan Drive. He accelerated excessively, police said, losing control of his vehicle. Dark S-shaped skid marks across Egan illustrated the erratic 200-foot route the truck took into the wood wall along the front of the parking lot.

Once through the wall, the truck slammed into a 1989 Toyota Corolla, causing a chain reaction of collisions with three other vehicles.

Siler's passenger's mother, who came to the scene, advised police to do a drug test on the boys.

"I am not asking you, I am telling you as a parent, you have a very angry mother here and I want a UA (urinalysis) done on those two right now," said the woman, whose name was not released.

Police did not perform a drug test.

Siler's truck sustained $7,000 in damage. Other vehicles suffered $15,000 in damages and the cost to repair the damaged wall was estimated at $5,000.

Siler was cited for reckless driving, a misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.

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