Alaska State Troopers have identified a Healy man arrested in the Thursday morning hit-and-run crash that left a local woman bicycling to work dead.
According to an afternoon statement from AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen, at about 10 a.m. troopers found a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 with front-end damage parked at a residence. Debris from the scene of the crash that killed 56-year-old Gitte Stryhn, whose body was found just before 7 a.m. in a ditch off Coal Street near Healy Spur Road, matched the truck.
“The owner of the truck, Dustin Dollarhide, 30, of Healy was then contacted for questioning in connection with the incident,” Ipsen wrote. “After consulting with the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office, Dollarhide was arrested (and) will be remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of manslaughter, failure to report an accident, and DUI.”
In an email to Channel 2, Ipsen says several factors were involved in troopers finding Dollarhide's truck. She declined to give a more exact address for where the vehicle was located.
"In this case, it was a combination of evidence left at the scene in the form of debris that troopers suspected belonged to a Dodge truck, and information from community members and a trooper who works in the community, that led troopers to a truck parked at a residence in Healy," Ipsen wrote. "Dollarhide was located inside the residence, was questioned and eventually placed under arrest."
Ipsen had said earlier Thursday that while troopers weren't sure which way the vehicle that struck Stryhn had been headed, they had identified a suspect in the collision during their investigation.
Doyon, Limited identified Stryhn as a longtime employee at the Kantishna Roadhouse, saying her colleagues are “deeply saddened” by her death.
“An employee for Kantishna Roadhouse for the past six summers, Stryhn was a valued member of the close-knit team at Kantishna,” Doyon officials wrote. “Her knowledge, enthusiasm and love of Alaska was evident in every story she shared with visitors to Alaska. Her loss is felt by all those that worked with her.”
Stryhn had been found along the side of the road by a coworker. Ipsen said earlier Thursday that Stryhn's coworkers told investigators that she probably was struck close to 5 a.m., the time she was known to leave for work.
Channel 2’s Chris Klint contributed information to this story.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.