Car crash fatal to 17-year-old

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2000

A Juneau teen-ager was killed in a roll-over accident Wednesday evening on the Glenn Highway.

Krista Hulse, 17, the driver of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene from severe head injuries, said Greg Wilkinson, Alaska State Trooper spokesman.

Her passenger, Victoria Butler, 17, also of Juneau, was seriously injured in the crash, which was reported to troopers at 7:12 p.m. Butler was taken to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

Hulse apparently lost control of the vehicle, which went over a steep embankment and rolled several times. Trooper Ted ZanAntwerp of the Glennallen trooper detachment, who responded to the scene, said it appeared the vehicle was going too fast just before it left the roadway.

"They were travelling in excess of the speed limit by all indications," Zan Antwerp said today.

"That was the cause, coupled with the condition of the road. There are gravel patches because they have been doing repairs, but it is well signed to 'Slow down.' Still, a lot of times, people ignore those."

Neither teen was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Wilkinson said. Alcohol did not seem to be involved, he said.

The accident occurred at Mile 172 of the Glenn Highway, near Glennallen. The highway runs from Anchorage to the Alaska Highway at Tok.

Hulse's body was released to her family after the state medical examiner in Anchorage declined to perform an autopsy. Her family could not be reached this morning.

Pam Butler, Victoria's mother, said she was told her daughter suffered a broken neck.

"I am flying to Anchorage right now to be with her," Butler said this morning. "I won't know what her condition is until I get there."

The two girls were traveling in Victoria Butler's 1987 Saab at the time of the crash. They were headed to Whitehorse, British Columbia, for shopping, Pam Butler said.

Trooper ZanAntwerp said he was not aware Victoria Butler had been injured. "She was walking, talking just fine although she was walking in shock last night when I left Crossroads Medical Center," he said.

"We had the LifeGuard Helicopter come from Providence just in case (Hulse) showed any signs of life, but she was too badly hurt. (Butler) was planning to hitch a ride back to Providence on the helicopter so she could get home to Juneau faster," ZanAntwerp said.

No additional details were available at the Empire's mid-day deadline today.

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