- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A man charged with manslaughter and drunken driving in the hit-and-run death of a Healy bicyclist has confessed he was the behind the wheel, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Dustin Dollarhide, 30, of Healy admitted he struck Gitte Stryhn, 56, while driving his Dodge pickup Thursday, Sgt. Jess Carson said in a criminal complaint filed Friday. Moreover, Dollarhide told investigators he thought the incident would go away if he “just went home and went to bed,” Carson wrote.

Dollarhide is being held without bail at Fairbanks Correctional Center. At Friday’s arraignment, Magistrate Alicemary Rasley said he will stay in jail unless he requests a bail hearing.

Dollarhide appeared in the Fairbanks courtroom by video conference from the jail, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://is.gd/gGNrql ).

He wore a black T-shirt and didn’t speak except to clarify that his mailing address is correct and to say he plans to hire an attorney.

“Get your attorney hired,” Rasley told him. “You’re going to need one.”

A message left at a listed number for Dollarhide wasn’t immediately returned.

Stryhn was found Thursday morning off Healy Spur Road, about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park.

Troopers suspect she was hit about 5 a.m. as she rode her bike to work as a tour bus driver to the Kantishna Roadhouse. Her body was found about a block from her workplace.

Stryhn was originally from Denmark. Friends say she worked the last six summers driving tourists to the roadhouse 92 miles inside Denali National Park.

Her binocular case was found under Dollarhide’s truck, troopers said. Part of a plastic Dodge license plate holder was recovered from the crash scene and matched the license plate holder left behind on Dollarhide’s truck, authorities say.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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