1 dead, 2 injured in Soldotna vehicle rollover; driver faces multiple charges after fleeing

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 2:47 PM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 9:04 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Soldotna man was arrested at his home over the weekend after authorities said he fled the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash that killed a man and injured two others in Soldotna.

David Casey, 50, was arrested hours after allegedly fleeing the scene of the crash that occurred sometime before 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Forest Lane, between Kingswood Court and Buchta Lane, according to an online dispatch posted by Alaska State Troopers, which identified the man who died as Samuel Helmuth, 27, of Idaho.

According to Austin McDaniel, a public information officer with AST, Helmuth was ejected from the vehicle through a glass roof on the vehicle.

“Helmuth was not wearing a seatbelt,” McDaniel said through an email, that noted the state medical examiner will determine Helmuth’s cause of death. “Troopers believe that the vehicle rolled over Helmuth.”

The two surviving passengers sustained minor injuries from the crash and were transported to a local hospital for treatment, the dispatch said.

Casey was taken into custody around 5:30 a.m. that day and transported to the Wildwood Correctional Center. Troopers said he was found in his home, which was a short distance from the crash.

Casey faces charges of second-degree murder, two counts of third-degree assault, driving under the influence, fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of a fatality accident.

Troopers said Helmuth’s family has been notified of his death.

Correction: The story was updated to show Samuel Helmuth’s correct age, which was corrected by Alaska State Troopers after publishing the original story.

Editor’s note: The story was updated to include additional information provided by Alaska State Trooper Public Information Officer Austin McDaniel.

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