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Wasilla man dies after SUV hits tree, troopers say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 11
  • Published May 11

A man died after his SUV struck a tree in Wasilla on Sunday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers said.

“The driver, 64-year-old Wasilla resident Richard Pope had a suspected medical event that caused him to lose control of his vehicle and collide with a tree,” troopers wrote in an online statement.

Troopers were called to the area near Grizzly Bear Drive and Polar Bear Drive around 12:30 p.m., the statement said.

Pope was brought to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and then flown to an Anchorage hospital, where he died from the injuries, troopers said. The investigation into the accident is still ongoing, troopers wrote.