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Man dies after stolen truck smashes into his vehicle

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man died early Sunday after his truck was broadsided by a stolen pickup speeding down a major Anchorage street, according to Anchorage police.

The victim was identified as Edward Wong, 51.

Wong was trying to cross C Street, a major arterial road, about 4:30 a.m. when the stolen truck slammed into the driver's side of his vehicle, police said.

It wasn't clear how fast the truck was going, but an officer clocked it at 80 miles an hour shortly before the crash, police reported.

The three people in the stolen truck were injured in the crash, but none of the injuries appear life-threatening.

The driver, identified as Joel Ruby, 33, was taken to Alaska Native Medical Center. Passengers Hurbert Koonuk and Sherrell Tooyak, both 21, were taken to Providence hospital.

Police say they three had been drinking at a bar prior to the accident. The truck was reported stolen Saturday morning.



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