Chugiak man allegedly strikes two pedestrians

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 20:00
Both Anchorage residents expected to survive

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 Sunday, Jan. 1 when they were struck from behind by a red 1994 Dodge Ram 1500. Both were taken to local hospitals. On Monday, Jan. 2, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said Wilbanks’ condition was fair.

Brotherton was the more seriously injured, and according to police Lt. Dave Parker, her condition was initially grim.

“We were a little worried for a while there that she wasn’t going to make it,” Parker said Wednesday, Jan. 4.

But by Tuesday, Brotherton had regained consciousness, Parker said.

“I actually talked to a guy this morning who said he was amazed at how well she was doing,” Parker said Wednesday morning.

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.

As of Wednesday morning, no charges had been filed in the case, and Daniels remained free. However, police have said they believe alcohol was a factor in the collision and are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

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

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