Yvonne Bennett of Juneau, 42, was taken into custody by Juneau Police officers on Tuesday afternoon. Officers say they charged her with failure to render aid after injuring someone with a vehicle. That’s a felony punishable by five-years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Bennett allegedly borrowed a vehicle, initially reported as a blue SUV, that struck a pedestrian at Glacier Highway and Jordan Avenue Saturday evening. The pedestrian, identified as a 50-year old woman, suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The vehicle drove away without stopping. Officers later found it on Teal Street. It was initially reported that the vehicle was reported stolen from a parking lot at 400 Willoughby Avenue. But officers now say it was borrowed by Bennett.
- Plows cleared away slushy snow Saturday morning. But icy conditions persisted because state workers wanted to avoid using too much overtime. Budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Transportation will affect drivers for another winter.
- For the past three months, a magistrate judge based in Yakutat has covered Haines arraignments and other court proceedings. But this week, that changes.
- Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines.
- As the winter solstice approaches and daylight hours are short in Alaska, public safety, medical groups and other Alaska businesses are calling attention to pedestrian safety.