Police seek vehicle in suspected hit-and-run that killed man

bbrasch@adn.comOctober 17, 2013 

Anchorage police are asking for the public's help in locating what they're calling "a vehicle of interest" in the suspected hit-and-run Wednesday in which an an Anchorage man was killed on the Old Seward Highway in South Anchorage.

Police describe the vehicle as "a light colored, full-sized, pick-up truck," according to a prepared statement. The truck did not appear to have a canopy on the bed, police said.

Police are asking local businesses with surveillance cameras south of Old Seward Highway and Dowling Road to check video recorded between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. for a vehicle matching the description.

The vehicle is believed to have struck and killed Corbin Grassman of Anchorage who was found in a northbound lane of the highway after a driver passed his body lying near 69th Avenue at 2:53 a.m., police said.

Police said Grassman was dead when officers and medics got there.

Grassman had multiple blunt force trauma injuries that are consistent with a collision, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. An autopsy is planned.

Grassman's younger brother, Taylor Bishop, said police knocked at his door at 4 a.m. on Wednesday to tell him his brother was dead.

Bishop, 27, dropped Grassman off at Glacier Brewhouse at 8:30 p.m. to drink with some friends on Tuesday.

The brothers lived together in a house near Baxter Elementary in East Anchorage.

Bishop said his brother, who was a server at Olive Garden, liked to go out and drink with friends.

He said doesn't know who he was meeting or how, six hours later, his brother ended up more than 5 miles away from where he dropped him off. Grassman and Bishop shared a car, Bishop said.

Castro said 10 to 20 minutes before the driver called police an officer responding to something unrelated drove by where Grassman was found but didn't see anything unusual.

She said police were looking for more information the car that hit him.

Earlier Wednesday, officers were trying find video surveillance that could shed light on the collision or the vehicle from surrounding car dealers, coffee shops and any other stores within the area. Castro said police don't know whether Grassman was trying to cross the street when he was hit. There are no crosswalks nearby.

There is a broken street light near where Grassman was hit, she said.

Through mid-September this year, there have been 53 vehicle-pedestrian collisions, six of which were fatalities, but Grassman is the first fatal hit-and-run of the year.

She said 2012 had 184 vehicle-pedestrian collisions, and eight were fatalities, and in 2011 there were 144 vehicle-pedestrian collisions with five fatuities.

There have been at least six fatal hit-and-run collisions since 2011, including Hubert Tunuchuk, 28, who was killed on Easter Sunday in April 2011 as he walked with friends along Tudor Road above the Seward Highway and Geraldine Burns, who was killed on Penland Parkway in front of the Northway Mall in October 2011.

Police are asking anyone with information on the incident or the vehicle to call the Anchorage Police Department at 907-786-8900 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.

NOTE: This story was edited to reflect a correction. There was an arrest made in the Hubert Tunuchuk hit-and-run case.

Anchorage Daily News reporter Tegan Hanlon contributed to this report. Reach Benjamin Brasch at bbrasch@adn.com or 257-4349. Twitter: twitter.com/ben_brasch



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