Glenn Highway Crash Kills Native Leaders

On Saturday, January 12, 2008, two Alaska Native leaders and their 16-year-old granddaughter were killed in a three-car collision on the Glenn Highway. Allan and Sophia Chase, and Melissa Pike were struck when a Chevrolet truck crossed the center line and sideswiped their vehicle, which caused their vehicle to hit a third vehicle driven by John Lavarnway. Lavarnway and his wife, Mary, were injured in the crash. The driver of the pickup, Joshua Swigart, and his passenger, Erin Guhl, were not injured. Troopers are investigating why the pickup crossed the center line, and no charges have yet been filed.

Allan Chase was a former board member of Cook Inlet Regional, Inc., an Alaska Native corporation based in Anchorage. Sophia Chase was on the board of Southcentral Foundation, a Native health organization affiliated with CIRI.

Source: Anchorage Daily News, January 13, 2008.