Kokhanok villager indicted in man's four-wheeling death

casey.grove@adn.comMay 23, 2013 

A Kokhanok woman has been indicted in the 2012 death of a man thrown from a four-wheeler she was driving, according to state prosecutors.

A grand jury indicted 24-year-old Brenda Nowatak on Wednesday. She faces charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and drunken driving in the death of 25-year-old Trefim Wassillie Jr. in Kokhanok, about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage on the edge of Lake Iliamna.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the four-wheeler Nowatak drove Sept. 16 along the edge of the lake hit a stump and Wassillie, riding on the back, flew off.

Wassillie's mother found his lifeless body floating face down in the lake, according to a written statement from the Anchorage District Attorney's Office. Troopers say their investigation revealed Nowatak had been driving and that she had been drunk. A medical examiner learned during an autopsy that Wassillie had hit his head and drowned, prosecutors said.

Following the Wednesday indictment, troopers arrested Nowatak on Thursday.


Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.

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