Nome man dies when vehicle falls down embankment

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

NOME (AP) -- A Nome man was killed over the weekend when his car went off a 300-foot cliff on Anvil Mountain, state troopers said.

Theodor Sagoonick, 43, got stuck in mud late Saturday or early Sunday, troopers said. He tried to move the vehicle by backing up, but apparently moved forward and lost control of the vehicle on the steep slope.

Troopers said Sagoonick and a woman had taken beer and whiskey on their drive up the mountain. When the vehicle got stuck, the woman walked back to Nome.

When Sagoonick failed to return home Sunday, family members grew concerned and went out to the site where they found the vehicle at the bottom of a steep embankment, troopers said.

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