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Man charged in fatal Anchorage car crash

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 23-year-old man has been charged with four felony counts, including manslaughter, for a traffic crash in Anchorage that killed a 51-year-old man.

Joel A. Ruby was arraigned Friday. Beside manslaughter, he is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree vehicle theft.

Police say Ruby stole a pickup truck and smashed it into another truck last weekend. The driver of the other truck, Edward Wong, died in the crash.

The manslaughter and assault charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The theft charge has a maximum of five years.

Ruby, who was injured in the collision, turned himself in to police Thursday after walking away from the Alaska Native Medical Center on Wednesday morning. He is being held on $50,000 bail at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility.



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