Suspect in fatal truck crash flees hospital

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man suspected of causing a fatal crash Sunday ran away from the hospital where be was being treated for injuries.

Joel Ruby, 23, ran away from Alaska Native Medical Center on Wednesday.

He is suspected of being behind the wheel of the stolen pickup truck that crashed into the driver's side of a truck driven by Edward Wong, 51, early Sunday morning. Wong, owner of International Market grocery, died in the crash.

Ruby was wearing a cast applied to a broken right leg. He also suffered a broken wrist in the accident.

Police said they are looking for Ruby to return him to the hospital for his own safety.

Police searched his sister's apartment Wednesday but could find no sign of Ruby.

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