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.
- The city thinks Hecla's Greens Creek mine may be responsible. The mine says its discharges in the area meet state requirements.
- Sarah Erkmann, external affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association trade group, said the tax amounts to “punishing” oil companies.
- The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon canceled its annual convention slated to be held in Haines, mainly due to the weak Canadian dollar.
- For now, traffic in Gastineau Channel will not be restricted, but Hilbert said they will likely establish a no-wake zone during the actual salvage operation.