Alcohol may have led to crash

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2000

Alaska State Troopers are investigating whether a drunken driver caused the vehicle accident that killed two Juneau men and injured two other men Wednesday afternoon 37 miles north of Seward.

An older model Chevrolet crew cab pickup heading southbound crossed the center line and hit a rented Toyota Camry head-on, troopers said.

Troopers said they believe the pickup's driver, Michael Glaser of Crown Point, was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

The Camry was headed northbound. It carried three Juneau residents, Martin J. Richard, Ladd E. Macaulay and Steven G. McGee, traveling on state business. Of its occupants, only McGee survived the crash, which sent the Camry into the mountainside.

Troopers have not yet charged Glaser and will not as long as he is hospitalized at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, said trooper Lt. Tom Bowman in Soldotna.

``At this time no charges have been filed,'' said Bowman, ``but that doesn't mean that charges will not be filed.''

Troopers in Seward would like to talk to anyone who may have seen the pickup truck or the Camry. The pickup was a four-door model, yellow, rusty and dirty. The Toyota Camry was a brown, late-model, four-door.

Troopers believe Glaser picked up a hitchhiker during his drive south, and would like to speak to that person. Anyone with information is asked to call the troopers in Seward at (907) 224-3346.

Richard, 50, was the director of the state Division of Investments for the Department of Community and Economic Development. Macaulay, 57, was a loan officer with the division and founder of Douglas Island Pink and Chum.

Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered to half-staff Thursday and today.

McGee, 49, a biologist and hatchery manager with the state Department of Fish and Game, was injured in the crash. He suffered broken facial bones and contusions but was otherwise in stable condition today at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Public services for Macaulay will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, at Northern Light United Church, 400 11th Street, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Gastineau Channel Little League or the Eagle River United Methodist Camp, said Amy Jo Macaulay Meiners.

Services were not yet scheduled for Richard.

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