Motorcycle crash kills 37-year-old Juneau man near Tee Harbor

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2002

Juneau carpenter David McRae, 37, died Saturday after his motorcycle skidded off Glacier Highway near Tee Harbor.

Police were called about the incident at 7:24 p.m. Capital City Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene to find two people performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on McRae. He was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

McRae was born in New York, raised in Haines and has lived in Juneau for about 22 years, said cousin Jim O'Donnell. McRae and his wife Leticia have an 11-year-old daughter.

O'Donnell said McRae worked for several years as a carpenter and was known as a craftsman and woodworker.

"I've known him since he was a baby," O'Donnell said. "He was a free spirit and left behind lots of friends, loved ones and family. He had a sense of humor and a smile on his face all the time."

"He will be greatly missed."

Police said it appears McRae was outbound on Glacier Highway when his motorcycle skidded off the road, struck a hillside and hit a large rock. The motorcycle became airborne, landing on the edge of the roadway. McRae was ejected.

Police said speed, not alcohol, was a factor in the accident, but toxicology results are pending. The case remains under investigation.

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