Police identify pedestrian fatally hit by SUV near Merrill Field

Police say the victim was on his skateboard at the time he was hit
Updated: May. 9, 2021 at 9:34 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Anchorage Police Department identified the man who was struck and killed by an SUV at the East 5th Avenue and Unga Street intersection early Sunday morning.

According to an Anchorage police community alert, 32-year-old Zachary Bourdon was the man found dead at the scene of the vehicle vs. pedestrian collision. Police said his next of kin have been notified.

At 3:12 a.m. Sunday morning, officers with the Anchorage Police Department responded to the intersection of East 5th Avenue and Unga Street in reference to a person being hit by a vehicle.

The alert said investigators reported that an SUV was traveling westbound on East 5th Avenue near Unga Street when the vehicle struck a man on a skateboard. When officers arrived the male pedestrian was declared dead at the scene.

Only minutes later, at around 3:16 a.m., police pulled over a Ford Expedition on the Glenn Highway near Boniface. The driver, 27-year old Stephen Matthews submitted field sobriety tests and was taken into police custody. According to the Nixle report, the Major Collision Investigation Unit determined Matthews to be the driver in the fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian collision.

Matthews is being held at the Anchorage Jail on multiple charges including leaving the scene of an injury accident, failing to render aid, driving while under the influence, and criminally negligent homicide.

This is an ongoing case. Check in for updates.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include additional information.