Crime & Courts

Pedestrian dies after being struck by pickup truck on Anchorage Hillside

A man was struck and killed in a collision with a pickup truck on the Anchorage Hillside Saturday, police said.

Anchorage Police Department officers and Anchorage Fire Department medics responded around 1:30 p.m. to reports of a collision, police said. The incident occurred in the area of Abbott and Birch roads, near Service High School.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that a man stepped into Abbott Road then was hit by a Dodge Ram traveling east, police said. Medics took the man to the hospital, where he died, police said.

The pedestrian was identified Sunday as Jasper Bowers, 20.

Police said Saturday that the 22-year-old driver was taken to the Anchorage Jail on charges of driving under the influence.

The driver was charged and released on his own recognizance rather than being jailed, Anchorage police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said Monday. This was his first operating under the influence charge, she said.

As of Monday, no charges appeared to have been filed against the driver, according to online court records.

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The driver was not facing any additional charges or citations related to incident as of Monday, Oistad said when asked, adding that the investigation was ongoing.

Further details of what happened were not immediately available.

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