A 28-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a van with nine passengers is facing multiple felony charges – including manslaughter and driving under the influence (DUI).
The Case at a Glance
The man was driving the van on a straight stretch of road on June 14 when he veered off the roadway. In attempting to right the van, he overcorrected and caused it to roll multiple times.
Of the nine people in the van, three men died and the other six – including the driver – were flown to Anchorage for treatment.
No one in the van was wearing a seatbelt.
State troopers working the crash site attributed the deaths and injuries to impairment of the driver, speed and the failure of anyone to wear their seat belts.
All nine people in the van were employees of Atka Pride Seafoods, a fish processing plant.
In a statement provided by Atka’s parent company, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, a spokesperson said, “(the driver) violated our strict policies concerning alcohol consumption and state laws and, in doing so, created immeasurable harm.”
Injured by a Drunk Driver? Call Barber & Associates
We can’t begin to imagine the feelings being experienced by family survivors of the unfortunate crash described above.
We do, however, feel very strongly that those who harm others through their poor decisions should be held accountable. That’s why we encourage you to get in touch with us here at Barber & Associates if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver.
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