Harold Usry Jr., 29, has been charged with fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle accident without assisting an injured person.
Under Alaska law, drivers in car crashes must remain at the scene and assist the injured. Failing to do so is a class B felony.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Usry left the scene of a two-car accident on Jan. 15. In the accident, ice caused a nose-to-nose crash between a Ford Explorer and a Chevy pickup on Rezanof Drive near where it intersects Sharatin Road.
An ambulance took away the driver of the Explorer, who was later diagnosed with a broken leg, but the driver of the Chevy could not be immediately found.
Troopers interviewed a passenger from the Chevy, who identified the truck’s driver as Usry.
As troopers talked with the passenger, Usry called the passenger’s cellphone. Troopers requested Usry return to the scene, but he failed to appear.
The following day, Usry called troopers and, according to court documents, apologized for “freak(ing) out because he’s a ‘three-time felon’ and didn’t know ‘what kind of time he was looking at.’”
In a meeting with troopers, Usry explained that “because he just recently got out of jail, he panicked and ran,” court documents state.
Usry was arraigned Wednesday, and his next court appearance has been scheduled for April 9.
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