Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bicylist killed in Hit and Run

Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run

Published: June 7, 2006
Last Modified: June 7, 2006 at 03:25 AM

Alaska State Troopers are looking for a flatbed truck that struck and killed a bicyclist Monday on Fireweed Road near the Fairview Loop intersection.

At 10:11 p.m., troopers responded to the scene to find Patrick Joseph Curtis, 47, of Wasilla dead of his injuries. Troopers notified Curtis' next of kin in Hawaii and Oregon, Lt. Rick Roberts said.

Roberts said it is unclear where the bicycle was in relation to traffic, but a trooper press statement said Curtis was eastbound when he was struck from behind.

The truck, a dark Dodge flatbed with a lumber or pipe rack and what witnesses said may have been an upright acetylene tank, fled the scene at a high speed, the statement said.

The truck had a broken left window and broken left headlight or turn-signal lens.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said the investigation so far includes following up on many leads troopers have from the public and from their own investigation.

He said troopers "encourage the public to give us a call if anyone knows anything."

Anyone with information about the incident may call troopers at 745-2131.

-- Anchorage Daily News

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