Dillingham woman dies in SUV rollover accident

Lisa Demer

A woman was killed early Sunday in Dillingham when an SUV rolled over and ejected her and the driver, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Troopers were told of a single-vehicle crash about 4:30 a.m. The silver 1998 Ford Expedition was driven by Chelsea Clark, 21, of Dillingham, troopers said. Jillian Burton, 26, of Dillingham was riding in the front seat. Neither wore seat belts, troopers said.

On a left-leaning curve at Mile 13.8 Aleknagik Lake Road, the SUV veered off the roadway and both women were ejected from the front seat. Burton was pronounced dead at the scene and Clark was medevacked to Anchorage and was in critical condition, troopers said. She was undergoing surgery Sunday, troopers said.

The troopers investigating the crash reports that conditions were dark and rainy but doesn't believe that contributed to the wreck, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. Troopers haven't been able to determine how fast she was going.

Two other passengers in the back seat, Teddy Kibby, 27, of Wasilla, and Deserie Bond, 27, of Dillingham, were wearing seat belts. They were treated at the hospital for minor injuries and released.

The state medical examiner in Anchorage will do an autopsy of Burton.

Troopers say there are indications that alcohol was a factor. A witness said the driver was drinking before the crash, Ipsen said. The investigation continues.

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