Anchorage man charged with murder in DWI case

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man accused of running over a bicyclist on the sidewalk was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Police originally charged Russell D. Carlson, 39, with assault, but the grand jury decided there was enough evidence for the murder charge.

Carlson, who had seven prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, ran over Jessie Withrow, 20, just before midnight on July 3, killing the honor student at Bates College in Maine who was home for the summer.

Police say Carlson was driving drunk when he ran a red light, smashed into a car, then veered onto the sidewalk and struck Withrow, throwing her about 75 feet.

Carlson had a two-year-old child in the truck with him when the crash occurred. The child and another man in the truck were not hurt, police said.

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