Suspect in fatal crash surrenders

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006

FAIRBANKS - A man suspected of leaving the scene of a weekend fatal traffic accident turned himself in to Alaska State Troopers.

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Byron Geisinger, 46, called troopers Sunday and surrendered, said trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain. He has been charged with manslaughter and failure to render aid, troopers said.

Geisinger is suspected of crashing his pickup truck Saturday into a car parked at Mile 8 Chena Hot Springs Road northeast of Fairbanks.

Yong Ki Kim, 74, was in the back seat of the white four-door Pontiac Grand Prix.

The car was struck from behind by an older model blue and silver Ford pickup truck traveling east.

Kim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and a passenger in the front seat were transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Trooper John Stroebele said.

The three were family members visiting Alaska, DeSpain said.

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