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Woman dies after being hit by minivan

Casey Grove

A Juneau woman died after being hit by a minivan while she was crossing a street in Anchorage late Friday, police say.

Jill Lebert, a 53-year-old Juneau resident, was headed north across Tudor Road near Wright Street about 11:30 p.m., according to a police spokeswoman.

There are five lanes, including a turn lane, that Lebert had to cross, and she'd reached the last lane on the north side of Tudor when the van struck her, police said. Wright Street is several blocks east of Lake Otis Parkway.

The 1996 Pontiac minivan, driven by 28-year-old Anchorage resident Crystal Lockuk, was going west when it hit Lebert, who suffered major head trauma and cuts, police said. Tudor Road's westbound lanes were closed for about two hours while officers investigated.

Lebert died a short while later at a hospital, police said.

No citations or charges have been filed in the case, and the investigation continues, said police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers. A standard part of the investigation involves checking for drug or alcohol use on the part of the driver or pedestrian victim, and police are not yet releasing any details of those tests.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.


By CASEY GROVE
Anchorage Daily News