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Woman struck, killed by snowplow outside Begich Middle School

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published January 27, 2016

A woman was struck and killed by an Anchorage School District snowplow truck outside Begich Middle School on Tuesday evening.

According to police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro, next of kin for 57-year-old Anica Sofron were notified of her death.

Responders arrived just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school's parking lot, where Sofron had reportedly been wearing dark clothing and walking a dog.

"(Sofron) was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased," Castro wrote in a Wednesday statement. "The dog suffered a minor injury to its leg as a result of the collision and was taken to an animal hospital for treatment."

The driver, an employee of the school district, called 911, remained at the scene and cooperated with officers.

Castro said the school's parking lot, near DeBarr and Muldoon roads, was illuminated at the time. It wasn't immediately clear whether the truck had flashing lights running or whether there were any other witnesses.

"That's all part of the investigation and that's certainly something that our traffic investigation unit would be looking at," Castro said.

Anchorage School District spokeswoman Heidi Embley said the snowplow was running under its standard lighting when it struck Sofron.

"It wasn't a big plow, it was a flatbed truck," Embley said.

Embley deferred to police regarding what maneuvers the snowplow was making when the collision occurred.

"It really appears that this was an accident, by all accounts," Embley said.

District Superintendent Ed Graff offered condolences in a statement on the incident Wednesday.

"This is a very sad and tragic accident," Graff said. "Our thoughts go out to all families who are involved. We are supporting the Anchorage Police Department's investigation."

No charges or citations have been issued..

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