Troopers: Wasilla man critically injured when struck by car

dkelly@adn.comFebruary 8, 2014 

A Wasilla man was critically injured when he was struck by a car on the Knik-Goose Bay Road early Friday morning.

Authorities received the report of the pedestrian strike near milepost 8.4 about 5:22 a.m., according to a Friday trooper dispatch.

Investigators found that 35-year-old Zachary R. Kuleck of Wasilla was driving into Wasilla in a 2005 Subaru sedan when he saw a 2002 Crown Victoria on the side of the road. It was dark and windy, and the car was parked on the shoulder with its hazard lights on, troopers said.

Kuleck told troopers he moved out to pass the vehicle and "saw a male in dark clothing standing in the road waving his arms," the dispatch said.

Kuleck wasn't able to brake in time, and his car struck Scott R. Laney, 26, troopers said.

Laney was taken to Providence Hospital, troopers said, in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said it was unclear whether Laney was trying to flag Kuleck down.

"It was really windy there, we don't know if the wind pushed him out there," Ipsen said.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. No charges or citations have been issued.

Reach Devin Kelly at dkelly@adn.com or 257-4314.

 

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