Two injured after driving into wire

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

BETHEL (AP) Two residents of Napaskiak were injured on a four-wheeler after they drove into a wire that had been strung across a boardwalk.

Alaska State Troopers said two juveniles who strung the wire have been arrested.

The boys, 15 and 16 years old, stretched the wire across the boardwalk at the entrance to a small bridge Sunday afternoon.

A short while later, Yago Evan rode toward the bridge. He was carrying his infant daughter in front of him.

Troopers said the wire hit Evan across his neck just under his chin. The baby girl was hit across the face at a diagonal running between both of her eyes. Both were torn from the all-terrain vehicle, troopers said.

Troopers said Evan could easily have been decapitated and his daughter blinded.

The two teens were charged with two counts each of assault and reckless endangerment.

Napaskiak is a village of about 400 people on the east bank of the Kuskokwim River seven miles southeast of Bethel.

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