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Man killed by truck identified

Anchorage police identified a man struck in traffic and killed Wednesday at 15th Avenue and Gambell Street as Phillip Chokwak, 42.

Chokwak apparently had been causing a disturbance at the nearby Black Angus Inn just before the collision, according to a written statement from police. A motel employee confronted Chokwak, who ran out of the building, police said.

An Anchorage Towing tow truck headed south on Gambell hit Chokwak when the man stepped off a curb and into traffic, according to police. A police spokeswoman said Wednesday he was pronounced dead soon after officers arrived.

Police identified the truck's driver as Shpend Arapi, 32. No citations or charges were filed in the incident, police said.

The intersection was closed for about four hours.



Daily News staff