Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Fatality

A 48–YEAR OLD WOMAN WAS KILLED LATE FRIDAY EVENING  AFTER SHE WAS STRUCK BY A LARGE PICKUP TRUCK AS SHE WAS WALKING ALONG THE RICHARDSON HIGHWAY.
 
 
AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO MILE–352–POINT–5 OF THE RICHARDSON HIGHWAY JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT FOR A REPORT OF A VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT.

IN A NEWS RELEASE, THE WOMAN, IDENTIFIED AS VERNA BEATTUS APPARENTLY HAD BEEN INTOXICATED, AND WALKING IN THE OUTSIDE NORTHBOUND LANE OF THE EXPRESSWAY, WHEN SHE WAS STRUCK BY A 1997 FORD "F"–350 PICKUP DRIVEN BY 65–YEAR OLD JAMES SULLIVAN OF FAIRBANKS.

STATE TROOPERS SAY SULLIVAN HAD BEEN RETURNING TO TOWN FROM TOK WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED.
 

Sullivan told troopers he looked from the road to check his left–side mirror as a vehicle passed him in the left lane. He then felt and heard an impact.
 

TROOPERS SAY  BEATTUS WAS WEARING DARK CLOTHING, AND HAD BEEN WALKING IN THE ROADWAY IN AN AREA THAT HAD NO STREETLIGHTS WHEN SHE WAS STRUCK.
 

AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT CONTINUES.