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Woman charged with manslaughter in fatal Mountain View collision

Woman charged with manslaughter in fatal Mountain View collision
Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 11:09 AM AKST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2021 at 6:46 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A woman has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence in connection to a fatal collision Wednesday morning in Mountain View in which police claim she struck and killed a family member.

Anchorage police initially reported that a pedestrian died in a collision involving an SUV on Wednesday morning on North Bliss Street. In an updated community alert, police wrote that 33-year-old Crystalen Saccheus struck a male family member while backing out of a driveway.

The man “became lodged underneath” the vehicle and was dragged down the road, police wrote. He was declared dead “a short time later” by medics.

Saccheus has been taken to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center and faces felony charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence, according to police. They are not releasing the name of the man who died due to this being investigated as a domestic violence crime, according to the release.

The incident temporarily closed down North Bliss Street between Thompson Avenue and Mountain View Drive after police responded just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. Anchorage police said the Major Collision Investigations Unit was called in to investigate the scene. North Bliss Street was reopened shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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

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