Wasilla man dies in snowmachine accident

Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 45-year-old Wasilla man died Monday night from injuries received in a snowmachine accident on Knik Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

Brian Hutchins was the 14th person to die this winter in a snowmachine-related accident. One of those deaths occurred earlier Monday in Aniak.

Troopers said Hutchins was riding a snowmachine, without a helmet, Sunday night when he hit a snow embankment. Hutchins was thrown from the machine, which rolled on top of him, troopers said.

Hutchins sustained severe head trauma, troopers said. He died at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

On Monday morning, Nicholai P. Kelila of Chuathbaluk apparently was speeding on his snowmachine on a street in Aniak when he struck a moose. The 39-year-old man died at the scene, troopers said.

A third man was seriously injured in a snowmachine accident. David Coffman, 53, appeared to have suffered broken ribs after losing control of his machine Sunday near Yentna, trooper Michael Wooten said.

Coffman, who heads Seattle-based Coffman Engineers, was listed in fair condition late Monday at Providence.

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