Alakanuk woman struck by snowmachine hospitalized

Devin Kelly

A 44-year-old Alakanuk woman, hit by a snowmachine after drinking and passing out in a roadway, has been hospitalized in Anchorage with serious injuries, state troopers said.

About 8:32 p.m. on Sunday, the Alakanuk Police Department called Alaska State Troopers in Emmonak to report a woman injured by a snowmachine.

Troopers visited the western Alaska village, located near the mouth of the Yukon River, on Monday. Beth Ipsen, a troopers spokeswoman, said Cecelia Andrews was and lying near the middle of the road when a 14-year-old Alakanuk girl, and a 13-year-old passenger, drove up on a snowmachine.

It was dark and snowing, and Andrews was wearing dark clothing, Ipsen said

"The 14-year-old basically didn't see her until it was too late," Ipsen said. The snowmachine, an older-model Polaris, was traveling about 15 miles an hour, Ipsen said.

The ski of the snowmachine struck Andrews and injured her in the head and back, Ipsen said.

Troopers said Andrews had been drinking homebrew with a friend at her house. At some point, she wandered off, and was about 400 yards away when she was struck, Ipsen said.

Andrews was first taken to Alakanuk Clinic and then flown to Anchorage for further treatment.

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