ANCHORAGE -

A Haines man has been charged with assault and other offenses, after Alaska State Troopers say a trailer which detached from his vehicle last week in the town struck and injured a New Zealand woman.

According to a Tuesday AST dispatch, the Aug. 6 crash involving 54-year-old Fredrick Folletti’s vehicle occurred shortly before 10:15 a.m. near Mile 5 of Lutak Road. Hastings, New Zealand cyclists Mary Jones, 67, and Allan Jones, 73, were on the road when Folletti passed them.

“The trailer had separated from Folletti's vehicle as he was passing the bicyclists and struck Mary from behind,” troopers wrote. “Over the course of the investigation AST found that the trailer Folletti was towing was an ATV utility trailer not designed for road use. Additionally, the trailer hitch and ball were not properly sized, and there were no safety chains installed. This allowed the trailer to come loose and hit Jones.”

Jones was initially treated at the Haines Clinic for non-life-threatening injuries, but was then taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and released the next day.

While troopers don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, a Thursday dispatch says charges of third-degree assault and reckless driving forwarded against Folletti have been accepted in Haines District Court.

“He was (also) cited for operating an unsafe vehicle, and failing to register the trailer,” troopers wrote Tuesday.