Head-on collision could be alcohol related

Posted: Sunday, July 04, 2010

Authorities say the driver of a 1999 silver Pontiac Grand Am that struck another vehicle Thursday resulting in six people being injured could be charged with drunken driving.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

An accident involving the Pontiac and a blue Toyota 4-Runner happened late Thursday evening in the 4600 block of North Douglas Highway. After interviewing witnesses, police now believe Knute J. Felipe Jr. was under the influence of alcohol when his car crossed the road's center line and struck the 4-Runner head-on. The impact placed the rear of the 4-Runner on the guardrail and the two vehicles had to be pried apart by responding Capital City Fire & Rescue teams returning from a fire call.

Felipe, a 37-year-old female passenger and her 3-year-old daughter were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries. The 3-year-old was later transported to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Her condition is currently unknown.

Felipe and the female passenger were later admitted to Bartlett Regional Hospital for surgery and observation.

Police are currently working with prosecutors to determine if Felipe should be charged. Felipe has a prior drunken driving conviction, as well as several previous alcohol-related charges.

The 60-year old female driver of the 4-Runner, Juneau resident Charlotte Coronell, and two passengers, a 53-year old man and 25-year old woman, were transported to Bartlett for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The passengers in the 4-Runner are being treated as witnesses by police and their names are being withheld.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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