Woman enters plea in car crash case

Posted: Friday, January 04, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman accused of crashing a Chevrolet Suburban into a stone wall, seriously injuring two of her four children, pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony assault charges.

Annabelle Nashoanak, 25, is accused of causing the crash Dec. 22. She is charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous instrument and one count of a lesser felony assault charge, plus drunken driving and reckless endangerment

District Attorney Rick Svobodny said because the children were seriously injured and Nashoanak was drunk, the vehicle is considered a weapon.

Svobodny said Nashoanak, her husband Travis and their four children were in the car when Nashoanak, driving at a high rate of speed, lost control and slammed into a rock wall at Highland Drive and Glacier Avenue.

Police concluded Nashoanak's blood-alcohol was 0.235, almost three times the legal limit of 0.08.

All of the Nashoanak children were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital. Two were released but Lane, 8, and Ruby, 6, were flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Ruby Nashoanak was treated for facial fractures. Lane suffered a colon injury, said a Harborview spokeswoman.

A trial is scheduled for April 8.

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