Mother charged with drunken driving in crash injuring children

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2001

Two young children remain hospitalized in Seattle today, one in serious condition, following a vehicle crash Saturday night that injured six family members. Police arrested the mother for drunken driving.

Annabelle Nashoanak, 25, was driving a red 1990 Suburban at a high rate of speed, lost control, and drove off the road and into a rock fence at the corner of Highland Drive and Glacier Avenue, according to a press release issued Saturday by the Juneau Police Department.

Initial tests of the driver at Bartlett Regional Hospital revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.320, four times the legal limit, said police Sgt. David Wrightson.

After being treated at Bartlett and released, Annabelle Nashoanak was arrested for drunken driving and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $5,000 cash bail. Sgt. Wrightson said this morning that additional charges were being considered.

"They may be (filed), dependent on injuries to other people," Wrightson said. Nashoanak was still in custody at Lemon Creek this morning.

Police received two calls at about 9:19 p.m. reporting the accident and saying that the Suburban had been traveling at a high rate of speed.

Capital City Fire and Rescue was dispatched at 9:24 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 9:27 p.m. Police identified the five passengers in the vehicle as Travis Nashoanak, 24, husband of Annabelle Nashoanak, and their four children ranging in age from 8 to 2.

All six occupants of the Suburban were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital. Travis Nashoanak, his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old son were treated for minor injuries and released, Bartlett officials said. Lane Nashoanak, 8, and his sister, Ruby, 6, were medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of their more serious injuries.

"I think some of the kids who were supposed to be in car seats were climbing around in the vehicle" at the time of the accident, Wrightson said.

Lane is in serious condition today with a colon injury, said Kristin Foley, spokeswoman for Harborview. Ruby is in satisfactory condition with facial fractures, Foley said.

Annabelle and Travis Nashoanak were the parents of Jezzabelle Rose Nashoanak, who was born May 12 and died Oct. 31 in Juneau.

Grandparents of the children are William and Connie Tonsgard of Juneau, who are taking care of two children while Travis Nashoanak is with the other two children in Seattle, said a family member who answered the phone at the Nashoanak residence but declined to give his name.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.



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