Haines: Single-car wreck prompts probe

Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2002

Haines police are investigating whether alcohol or excessive speed may have contributed to a single-car rollover that injured two residents last week.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Third Avenue and Major Road in Haines.

Police chief Greg Goodman said a 24-year-old woman lost control of a 1991 Chevy Lumina as she attempted to make a left turn onto Major Road. "The car went down a ditch, over a stop sign, flipped over and landed on the roadway on its top," Goodman said.

The driver was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau for treatment of a head laceration, and the passenger, identified as a 35-year-old man, sustained minor injuries.

Goodman said the investigation of the crash is under way, and that police suspect alcohol and speeding played roles in the incident.

If the driver was intoxicated, she could be charged with assault, Goodman said.

"Anytime you're in an accident that involves the passenger being injured, and alcohol, the driver could be charged with assault," he said.

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