A jury acquitted a man of assault Thursday afternoon, but convicted him on several other charges in connection with a 2012 hit-and-run crash in Midtown Anchorage that cost a man he struck part of his leg.
Luke Jerde was cleared of first-degree assault, but found guilty on five counts in the Sept. 20, 2012 collision at the intersection of Arctic Boulevard and Tudor Road that injured pedestrian Zachary Mohs. They include reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, failing to render assistance, reckless driving and driving without insurance.
The prosecution had said Jerde got behind the wheel of the red 1984 Pontiac Fiero involved in the incident on a rainy night, ignoring its poorly functioning windshield wipers. Police later found the Fiero abandoned.
Defense attorneys for Jerde claimed at trial that Mohs was partially responsible for the crash, because he was wearing dark clothing and walking in the street.
Jerde had faced seven to 11 years in prison for the assault charge, were he convicted on it.
Channel 2's Kortnie Horazdovsky and Rick Schleyer contributed information to this story.
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