Anchorage police have identified the man who was struck and killed in a vehicle-pedestrian collision at 15th Avenue and Gambell Street Wednesday night after an altercation at a nearby hotel.
According to APD spokesperson Anita Shell, 42-year-old Phillip Chokwak was at the Black Angus Inn at 1430 Gambell St. shortly before 6 p.m., causing a disturbance in which staff intervened.
“When he was confronted by an employee, Chokwak ran eastbound toward Gambell Street,” Shell wrote in a statement. “As he stepped off the curb, he was struck by a tow truck travelling south on Gambell.”
The Anchorage Towing vehicle was driven by 32-year-old Shpend Arapi.
Shell says Chokwak was pronounced dead at the scene, while the intersection of 15th and Gambell was blocked for nearly four hours by officers’ subsequent investigation of the incident.
No citations have been issued in the collision.
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