Man killed by truck in Lemon Creek identified

Investigation continues into Charles Frank Fawcett Sr.'s death

Posted: Friday, May 07, 2004

Family members of the 61-year-old man killed by a truck in the Lemon Creek area Wednesday remembered him as a popular man who was active in the community.

Juneau police on Thursday released the name of Charles Frank Fawcett Sr. after notifying his relatives. He died after being struck by a tractor-trailer dump truck on Glacier Highway at Anka Street, shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

"Frank was pretty popular in the Native community," said Sharon Hill, who came to Juneau from Hoonah on Wednesday night to be with her sister, Roberta Fawcett, widow of Charles Frank Fawcett Sr.

The Fawcetts had been married since 1962, Roberta Fawcett said.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said the investigation into Fawcett's death is continuing. Police have not determined if he was killed by the impact of the truck or by being dragged beneath it.

A mark on the pavement was still visible Thursday where Fawcett had been dragged. The mark appeared to be about 100 yards long. Porter said he was not able to discuss the measurements police investigators took.

The Fawcetts lived in the Mendenhall Valley. Roberta Fawcett said she doesn't know what happened in the accident, but she believes he was going to catch a bus.

Hill said her brother-in-law was a fisherman and worked part time in construction.

"He had an awful lot of friends," she said. He spent a lot of time at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall and the Tlingit-Haida Community Center. She said he enjoyed calling bingo.

Roberta Fawcett said her husband was born in Hoonah and they moved to Juneau in 1978. They have four living children, she added.

Hill said family members really don't know what happened, although they have talked to a couple of people who were behind the truck that hit Fawcett.

Porter said police have interviewed witnesses. He couldn't discuss the progress of the investigation. At this point, the truck driver has not been charged with a crime or cited for any traffic offenses, he added.

Porter said he could not identify the driver, who worked for Channel Construction.

While Tuesday's fatality was the second in Juneau involving a pedestrian in less than seven months, it was also the second involving a heavy commercial vehicle in Juneau in less than a year.

In July, Paulette Alden, 49, died after a collision with a dump truck at Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Memorial Drive. At the same intersection, 10-year-old Skyler Kim was killed in the crosswalk on his way to school about three months later.

Porter said the July dump truck accident involved a different style of dump truck. It was owned by a different company, McGraw Gravel Sales, he added.

The driver in the July fatal accident, whom police also did not identify, was never charged with a crime. Porter said police compiled the results of the investigation and turned it over the district attorney, who presented the information to the grand jury for a possible charge of negligent homicide.

Porter said the grand jury failed to find probable cause for the charge.

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