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Police identify victim killed in hit-and-run in front of Brother Francis Shelter

Police in an update Tuesday identified the woman killed in front of the Brother Francis Shelter on Thursday night as 52-year-old Wanda Jackson.

Witnesses to the accident say Jackson was a client of the shelter.

“She got along with everybody,” according to Perry Snyder, 55, who said he witnessed the accident. He and others said Jackson was part of their “street family.”

The block of Third Avenue where Jackson was struck has been the location of multiple car-vs.-pedestrian collisions in Anchorage, including another fatality earlier this year.

Mikaele Palelei, 43, was arrested Friday and charged with leaving an accident without assisting, a felony. Police say he was driving a Ford F-150 pickup that struck Jackson, then kept driving while witnesses followed and reported him.

Palelei has no previous criminal record and is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-indictment hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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