Woman flown to Anchorage after Valley crash

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2001

A collision between a pickup and a small sedan near the Mendenhall Center on Thursday night injured three people, one of whom was airlifted to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

The family of Caryn Strickland, 39, a passenger and mother of one driver, today said she was in good condition in the Anchorage hospital.

About 6 p.m., a 2000 Ford pickup pulled out of a parking lot near Mendenhall Mall Road, said Matthew Strickland, a Juneau Empire circulation employee who was driving the other vehicle in the crash, a 1991 Honda owned by the Empire. Police identified the pickup driver as a man, 43, but did not release his name.

"I just saw white," Strickland said. "I wasn't wearing my seat belt, which was really stupid, so I went into the windshield. My mom wasn't wearing her seat belt either so she smashed into the dash. That's how she broke her elbow and her face."

The Ford sustained $8,000 in damage, police said. The Honda was totaled. Police did not say whether citations were issued.

Marijo Toner, communications manager for Bartlett Regional Hospital, said the man driving the pickup sustained a cut to his scalp and was home in good condition Thursday night.

Matthew Strickland had cuts to his face and his knee. He also was treated and released from Bartlett on Thursday. Toner said Caryn Strickland had severe facial cuts and a broken elbow. Her son said she also had sustained a broken cheekbone.

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