Anchorage man gets 9-year prison sentence for eluding police, injuring 5

Tegan Hanlon

A 25-year-old Anchorage man convicted of injuring five people in a 2012 crash was sentenced to serve nine years in prison Friday, according to the Anchorage District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors say Kevin Wright was driving a silver Dodge on icy roads in December 2012 when a police officer identified the car as stolen. The officer tried to stop the car on C Street. Wright, who had four passengers in the car, accelerated through an intersection and collided with another vehicle, said a statement from the attorney's office.

The Daily News reported at the time that the Dodge ran a red light at 15th Avenue, colliding with an SUV. The impact of the crash pushed the SUV into a parking lot and onto its side. The driver was partially ejected.

Wright was convicted of assault and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer and faced up to 13 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton handed down a sentence of eight years for the assault and one year for failing to stop, the statement said.

At Friday's sentencing, the driver of the SUV told Wolverton that the crash left her blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and paralyzed on the side of her face. She also suffered traumatic brain injury, according to prosecutors.

Wright is being held at Goose Creek Correctional Center. He faces three years of probation after serving his prison sentence.