Fatal single-car accident takes young man's life

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010

An 18-year-old man who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in May died Friday night in a single-car crash near the 22-mile marker of Glacier highway.

The Juneau Police Department received a call at 10:45 p.m. Friday evening from the parent of Daniel Melville. The call informed police that Melville did not show up at a scheduled gathering at the Shrine of St. Therese, a JPD press release said.

Melville's brother drove out to look for him and found Daniel's wrecked 2005 Toyota sedan in a deep embankment, the release said. JPD and Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and were met by Melville's family members.

Melville's vehicle had been separated in two by impacting a large tree. Adjacent to the front half of the vehicle, rescue personnel located Melville's body. He was declared dead at the scene, the release said.

Preliminary investigation at the scene showed the Toyota had been operated by Melville and was outbound on Glacier Highway when it left the roadway, drove down the embankment and impacted with the tree, causing the front section of the vehicle to detach and eject Melville. There was no evidence at the scene of alcohol use, the release said.

Melville's body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy to be conducted by the State Medical Examiner's Office, the release said. The investigation into the cause of the collision is still underway.

"We are still working on processing on the scene," JPD Sgt. Scott Erickson said. "We have been out there at least twice."

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

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