Motorist charged in death of cyclist

Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A driver who struck and killed a bicyclist at a downtown Anchorage intersection has been indicted on accusations of manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Police said Monday that 25-year-old Melissa Rabe was high on marijuana and eating McDonald's when her sport utility vehicle hit 19-year-old Jonathan Johnson.

No charges or citations were issued at the time of the October 2008 crash, when police said dark road conditions were likely a factor.

Fellow cyclists installed a white-painted bicycle as a memorial for Johnson near the scene of the accident.

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