Snowmachiner dies after striking moose

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 39-year-old snowmachiner died Monday after a collision with a moose on a street in Aniak.

Alaska State Troopers identified the dead man as Nicholai P. Kelila of Chuathbaluk, a Kuskokwim River village 11 miles upriver from Aniak.

Kelila died at about 5:40 a.m., according to troopers. Kelila apparently was speeding down the center of the road just before he hit the bull moose, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

The crash occurred on a lighted section of road near the village fire station. Authorities killed the injured moose at the scene, Wilkinson said.

Authorities notified the medical examiner's office. Wilkinson said the body would be released to Kelila's family after blood was drawn.

The investigation, meanwhile, was continuing.

The death brings the number of fatalities associated with snowmobiles in Alaska this winter to 13.

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