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Man who died in motorcycle crash was survivor of 2019 Scandies Rose sinking

Anchorage police say one person is dead in a single motorcycle collision that occurred at C...
Anchorage police say one person is dead in a single motorcycle collision that occurred at C Street and O'Malley Road on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.(Jeremy Kashatok/Alaska's News Source)
Published: Oct. 31, 2021 at 10:54 PM AKDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 3:03 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The driver of a motorcycle died on Sunday after what Anchorage police say was a single motorcycle collision at the roundabout on C Street and O’Malley Road. He was the survivor of the 2019 sinking of a crab fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska.

Jon R. Lawler, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene, after police responded at 7:11 p.m., according to a community alert Tuesday morning. Next of kin have been notified.

According to a police statement, the initial investigation indicates Lawler was traveling south on C Street and lost control in the roundabout. Both C Street roundabouts were initially closed while police investigated, but all lanes were reopened by just after 10 p.m., police wrote.

Lawler was one of only two survivors when the Scandies Rose crab fishing vessel sank on Dec. 31, 2019 off the Alaska Peninsula near Sutwik Island. Five other crew members were never found.

His family has posted a GoFundMe for funeral and memorial expenses, and wrote in the fundraiser post that Lawler had been greatly impacted by the sinking incident.

This story has been updated with additional information and the identity of the motorist.

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