Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

Three Injured in weekend accident

JUNEAU - A Juneau youth was flown to an Anchorage hospital and another young man was hospitalized in Juneau following a car accident Saturday.

Juneau-Douglas High School administrators and teachers who visited Bartlett Regional Hospital said the injured were Daniel Brown, James Elisoff and Wayne Williams.

Elisoff, 17, was medevaced to Alaska Native Medical Center with facial fractures about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. He is in good condition today, spokeswoman Charmaine Ramos said.

Brown, 18, was due to be released from Bartlett Regional Hospital today, said hospital patient care administrator Sheryl Washburn. He was admitted with possible cardiac contusions, she said.

Williams, 20, was treated in the Bartlett emergency room for chest bruises and sent home Saturday.

When police arrived at the accident in the 3200 block of Douglas Highway after they were called by a bypasser at 6 a.m., they found a car occupied by three men and an unoccupied van. Police, who do not release names in accidents, identified the driver as the 18-year-old. It appeared that the car, northbound on Douglas Highway, swerved and struck a van parked at the side of the road.

"From what it looks like right now, the driver may have fallen asleep and may have struck the unoccupied vehicle," said Police Capt. Tom Porter this morning. There are no indications alcohol was involved, he said, and no charges have been filed.

Brown, a graduating senior at JDHS, missed commencement exercises Saturday evening, but he was given his diploma at Bartlett on Saturday afternoon by Ronalda Cadiente, administrator of Yaa Koosge Daakahidi, the alternative high school program.

Community Development search starts

JUNEAU - The city plans to start advertising for a new Community Development Department director this week, City Manager Dave Palmer told Juneau's Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Current director Cheryl Easterwood is changing jobs to become the city's emergency service coordinator and public information officer.

The search should take between three and four months, Palmer said.

The city plans to use an "assessment center" approach by which four to five finalists will come to Juneau for a series of exercises. As an example, the candidates might take part in a mock Planning Commission meeting that would be open to the public. Additional opportunities for the public to meet the candidates also will be planned, Palmer said.

A panel will evaluate the finalists and pass its recommendation to Palmer, who will conduct interviews and background checks.

Man dies in Anchorage crash

ANCHORAGE - One man died and a man and a woman were critically injured in a traffic accident in east Anchorage this morning after one driver apparently ran a red light.

Brian M. Jones, 24, died at the scene. Anchorage police said Jones' pickup truck rammed the passenger side of a sedan just before 2:40 a.m. Jones was ejected from the truck, which rolled on top of him.

Jerri L. Romaszewski, 30, was driving the sedan. She and a passenger, who has not been identified, were hospitalized in critical condition.

Police said they have not determined which driver ignored the red light.

None of the victims were wearing seat belts. Police said it was too early to determine if alcohol was involved.

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