Wasilla girl dies after morning accident

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl died from injuries she received in a traffic collision in Wasilla Friday morning.

Deanna Brauneis of Wasilla died at Providence Alaska Medical Center Friday afternoon, almost six hours after the 8 a.m. crash.

Alaska State Troopers said the girl was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by her brother, Derek Brauneis, also of Wasilla. Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said the 20-year-old man was driving across Knik Road to get to a gas station when the truck was T-boned by a southbound school bus.

No children were on the bus at the time.

Derek Brauneis said he looked both ways before crossing the road and didn't see the oncoming bus, Wilkinson said.

Derek Brauneis was treated at Valley Hospital for minor injuries.

The bus was driven by Roland Bolduc, 25, of Wasilla.

Wilkinson said no citations have been issued and that the investigation is continuing.

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