Man struck by a snowmachiner fleeing police

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 49-year-old man was seriously injured when he was struck by a snowmachine in Pilot Station, Alaska State Troopers said.

Oscar Borromeo suffered a concussion and compound fractures in both legs when he was hit Sunday by an 18-year-old man evading police in the Yukon River village, troopers said.

The crash occurred just after midnight when village police tried to stop Lloyd Heckman after receiving a report that he was intoxicated.

Heckman sped away on the snowmachine and within a few minutes lost control and hit Borromeo, who was on foot, according to troopers. The crash threw Heckman from the snowmachine and knocked Borromeo onto the snowmachine, which went about 100 feet before Borromeo fell off. The runaway machine went another few hundred feet before stopping.

Borromeo was flown to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage for surgery.

Heckman, who received minor injuries, was charged with assault, felony evading and driving while intoxicated.

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