Troopers say driver drunk in fatal crash near Nenana

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Chalkyitsik man was intoxicated when he slammed his car into another vehicle on the Parks Highway near Nenana in July, Alaska State Troopers said.

The collision killed Spencer Henry, 32, and his 10-year-old son, Brandon. Five others, including Henry's wife and their two other children, were injured.

According to troopers, Henry's blood-alcohol level at the time of the July 2 crash was .29 -- more than three times the legal limit.

Henry lost control of the car while speeding around a corner, trooper Brian Wassmann said.

The car hit a GMC truck driven by Richard Baker, 54, of Fife Lake, Mich.

Richard Baker had two fractured femurs. He has undergone numerous surgeries and may never walk again, Wassmann said.

Baker's wife and Henry's wife sustained the least serious injuries, troopers said.

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