Suspect in fatal crash surrenders

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man wanted on suspicion of stealing a pickup truck and smashing into another truck earlier this week, killing a man, turned himself in to police Thursday.

Joel Ruby, 23, was taken to Alaska Native Medical Center early Sunday after a Midtown collision that killed 51-year-old Edward Wong. Police had intended to arrest Ruby when he was discharged, but Ruby walked away from the hospital Wednesday morning.

Police spokesman Ron McGee said Ruby stayed Wednesday night with an acquaintance in Mountain View.

''He got up this morning, saw the paper, and realized Joel was in trouble,'' McGee said. ''He told him he couldn't stay there and he called the police.''

Ruby left before officers arrived but ''he eventually called in and arranged to meet us at Clark Middle School,'' McGee said.

Police took Ruby to Alaska Regional Hospital for treatment, then booked him Thursday evening into Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility. He faces charges of manslaughter and vehicle theft, said police spokeswoman Anita Shell.

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