Driver faces DUI charge in fatal early morning collision with pedestrian

Man arrested following fatal collision with pedestrian
Man arrested following fatal collision with pedestrian(Source: Gray News | Hawaii News Now/File)
Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 9:16 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 8:16 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage Police report that a pedestrian was struck and killed by an allegedly impaired driver early Saturday morning in the Spenard neighborhood.

In an update Monday morning, The department said Sylvia R. Heckman died from her injuries, after being hit by the driver of a Volvo, Earnest F. Gray III. Police first responded to the collision at 2:19 a.m. Saturday morning at the intersection of West Benson Boulevard and Minnesota Drive.

Police reported that Gray III was charged with driving under the influence when he struck Heckman near the Benson Boulevard intersection. All lanes of Minnesota Drive were reopened after a temporary closure.

Officers reported that they noticed signs of impairment upon contact with Gray and charged him with driving under the influence, but report that further charges may be pending depending on the outcome of ongoing investigation.

“Officers are still working to determine whether or not the victim was in a crosswalk, who had the green light, and whether or not other factors were at play. Depending on the outcome of those details, more charges for Gray may be forthcoming,” wrote police.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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