A 26-year-old Larsen Bay resident was killed in an all-terrain vehicle collision early Wednesday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The victim suffered head trauma, said Sgt. Daniel Blizzard.
Peter Muller had been drinking alcohol and left his residence on a four-wheeler, Blizzard said.
Muller’s girlfriend was concerned that he had been drinking, so she asked two of his friends to look for him.
His two friends, who also also been drinking at Muller’s residence, left on an all-terrain vehicle to look for him.
They “made a couple loops around town” for 10 to 20 minutes, Blizzard said.
Muller’s friends slowed down half a mile outside of town because they heard another all-terrain vehicle and were listening to where it might be, the sergeant said.
All of a sudden, they heard a sound and saw Muller about a quarter mile behind them down the road, speeding toward them at about 45 to 50 mph, Blizzard said.
It was common for Muller to drive around the village at high speeds, they told Blizzard.
According to the sergeant, “There was only one speed for Pete and that was all the way,” they reportedly told the sergeant.
They told the sergeant that they feared Muller would rear-end them, so they tried to move out of the way, veering toward the left.
As Muller tried to go around them on the left, the two vehicles collided and everyone was thrown to the ground.
Muller’s friends, who had no reported injuries, saw Muller lying unconscious on the other side of the road.
They performed CPR for 10 to 15 minutes with no response and called for help, Blizzard said. Community members arrived to try to help, and the local health aide also tried to give Muller CPR, but it was too late, he said.
According to the sergeant, the remains were brought to Kodiak to be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy for toxicology results. There will be no criminal charges.
Although all-terrain vehicle accidents caused by alcohol consumption are common in villages, they do not often end in death, he said.