ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Before he was hit, a pedestrian killed last week in an Anchorage hit-and-run crash had been lying in the street for more than an hour and was covered with a blanket by a passer-by, police said Wednesday.
The crash killed Dwayne Nelson, 36.
Investigators said they believe Nelson was struck by a 25-year-old Subaru station wagon. Investigators identified the car with traffic cameras and video security footage from businesses.
“Surveillance video helped us tremendously in identifying the vehicle and then locating the driver,” police spokesman MJ Thim said.
Investigators interviewed the driver, who was released. Prosecutors as of Wednesday had not filed charges in the case.
Police are awaiting autopsy results from the state medical examiner to determine what killed Nelson, Thim said. It could have been the impact from the car, the fall onto the road, a medical condition or some other condition that existed before Nelson fell, Thim said.
Police just after 2:30 a.m. May 8 took a call of a man lying on east Benson Boulevard, a main east-west thoroughfare in midtown Anchorage. Nelson was found in the far-left lane of the three-lane street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surveillance video helped police determine that Nelson around 1 a.m. walked onto the road and fell, Thim said.
A pedestrian pushing a cart on the sidewalk stopped, placed a light-colored blanket over Nelson and kept walking.
Nelson lay on the road for more than an hour before he was struck, police said. Multiple cars passed him in the early morning hour, and pedestrians were in the area, police said.
“We haven’t talked to any of those people,” Thim said. “They haven’t come forward.”
The blanket that covered Nelson may have made it more difficult for drivers to see him, Thim said. The person pushing the cart who placed the blanket over Nelson has not been identified or interviewed.
“We’re still looking to talk with that person,” Thim said.