Chugiak man identified as driver in New Year's collision

Monday, January 2, 2012 - 12:45
Two pedestrians remain in hospital; one critical

Anchorage Police have identified the driver in a New Year’s Day collision between a pickup truck and two pedestrians in downtown Anchorage as 21-year-old Tex Daniels II of Chugiak.

According to police, Ashley Marie Brotherton and Clayton Tyler Wilbanks, both 24, were walking northbound alongside I Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 1 when they were struck from behind by a red 1994 Dodge Ram 1500. Both were taken to local hospitals. Police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said Brotherton remains in critical condition, while she reported Wilbanks’ condition as stable.

According to a police report, witnesses reported seeing Daniels driving recklessly before the incident. He allegedly tried to leave the scene, but was pulled from the vehicle and held to the ground by a pair of bystanders.

No charges have been filed in the case, and Daniels remains free. Police have said they believe alcohol was a factor in the collision.

Anyone with further information about the collision is being asked to contact Fatality Investigator Rick Steiding at 786-2669.

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