Collision kills JDHS grad, 27, who came home for summer

Woman dies, man hospitalized; cause still being investigated

Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2006

A 27-year-old woman who had returned to Juneau to spend time with her father was killed in a two-vehicle accident at Mendenhall Loop and Montana Creek roads Friday night.

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Anne Shima, driving a 1990 Geo Storm, was pronounced dead at the scene after the car collided with a full-size 1990 Ford pickup shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Capital City Fire and Rescue crews took a 25-year-old man riding in the Geo to Bartlett Regional Hospital. Police reported the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Officers did not identify the Geo passenger, the 20-year-old driver of the pickup or his 20-year old passenger.

"The investigation is ongoing," Juneau Police Department Sgt. Steve Hernandez said Saturday afternoon.

The mechanics on the vehicles will have to be examined, he added. The preliminary investigation indicates neither alcohol nor excessive speed were a factor in the accident.

Officers reported the pickup was westbound on Mendenhall Loop while the Geo was entering from Montana Creek Road. The pickup struck the Geo in the passenger door.

Shima, a 1997 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, spent the last three years living and working in Hawaii, according to information supplied by her family. She was working in Juneau this summer with Alaska Travel Adventures. She was the daughter of Joel Shima.

Her mother, Irene Shima, the activities director at The Bridge Adult Day Care Center, died on Aug. 19, 2005.

The wreckage of the two vehicles remained on the Mendenhall Loop for hours. Police strung yellow tape across the roadway preventing the road's use through the Montana Creek Road area.

Friday's accident was the first fatal accident on Juneau's streets since Jody Watson, a 25-year-old University of Alaska Southeast student, was killed in an accident on Brotherhood Bridge on Aug. 31, 2005.

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