- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Authorities have confirmed that it was an off-duty Alaska police officer who was involved in a car crash that left one pedestrian injured and another dead.

Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee told KYUK-AM (https://bit.ly/2pdnJxl ) that Sgt. Kadri Lamani immediately stopped his Ford Taurus, called 911, and then tried to resuscitate the pedestrian who was left unconscious.

That pedestrian, 49-year-old Julia Steven, was flown by helicopter to an Anchorage hospital where she never regained consciousness. She died four days after the April 22 crash.

The other pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

It was dark and approaching midnight when Lamani struck the pedestrians. His lights were on, and he was in his lane. Police said as far as they can tell, Lamani was not driving recklessly.

Achee said Lamani was driving the speed limit when the crash occurred and there was no reason to discipline him.

“It was an off-duty incident, and we don’t see any criminal activity or anything to take any disciplinary action (on),” Achee said.

Lamani has declined to comment.

The investigation is still waiting on the toxicology report of Lamani’s blood sample and Steven’s autopsy report. Lamani volunteered a breath sample that night and it indicated there was no alcohol in his system.

The pedestrian who survived said the two had both been drinking before the incident, Achee said.

Bethel Police have completed their investigation into the accident and have passed it to state troopers for review.

“So we have all our avenues covered,” Achee said. “Make sure we have a clear investigation, (and) there’s no questions about the integrity of the investigation.”


Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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