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Van strikes and kills pedestrian in East Anchorage

  • Author: Alex DeMarban
  • Updated: September 17, 2018
  • Published September 15, 2018

UPDATE 10:45 a.m. Monday:

A man struck and killed by a van Saturday has been identified as 62-year-old Kent Wells, Anchorage police said Monday.

Original story:

A pedestrian was killed in a collision with a van at the corner of Debarr Road and Bragaw Street in East Anchorage Saturday evening, police said.

The man who was killed may have been panhandling and running in and out of traffic, said MJ Thim, a spokesman with Anchorage Police Department.

The name of the pedestrian had not been released as of Saturday evening.

Police received a report of the accident around 5:40 p.m. Officers arriving at the scene found a Good Samaritan performing CPR on the victim. Medics transported him to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the Chevy Astro van was eastbound on DeBarr when the collision occurred. He was in the center lane and had the right of way during a green light, Thim said.

"He stayed at the scene and cooperated with officers," Thim said.  "There is no indication he was operating under the influence (of alcohol or illegal substances."

The intersection was closed for several hours and reopened around 9 p.m.

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