Death – Driver charged with DUI and manslaughter in death of family member standing behind her SUV, Anchorage police say

Death – Obituary

A 33-year-old Anchorage woman was arrested after she fatally struck a family member with an SUV while backing out of her Mountain View driveway Wednesday, police said.

Crystalen Saccheus was remanded at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center on charges of driving under the influence and manslaughter, both felonies, according to police.

Officers were called to North Bliss Street near Thompson Avenue at 9:48 a.m., police said in an online statement. An initial investigation determined that Saccheus had gotten into a Ford Explorer in her driveway while intoxicated and hit a family member with the vehicle while backing up, according to police.

The man got stuck under the Explorer and was dragged several feet, police said. Medics declared him dead shortly afterward, according to police.

Bliss Street was closed between Thompson Avenue and Mountain View Drive for several hours. Police said the man’s name would not be released “due to this being a domestic violence crime.”

He was the 13th pedestrian to die after being struck by a vehicle this year, making 2021 the deadliest year in the last decade for pedestrians. Two bicyclists also died this year after being struck by vehicles, a police spokeswoman confirmed.

[Anchorage pedestrians have been more likely to be killed by vehicles in the last 2 years. Why isn’t clear.]

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.