Woman lying in Anchorage Walmart parking lot was run over and killed


An Anchorage Police Department patrol vehicle (Hannah Lies/Alaska Public Media)

Police say a driver struck and killed a woman lying in the Walmart parking lot in South Anchorage on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a police statement, the collision was reported outside the store, on Old Seward Highway near 88th Avenue, shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. In an update Thursday morning, police said the victim was found on the east side of an aisle in the store’s parking lot.

“The adult female driver of a Toyota Sienna minivan entered the aisle from the parking lot access road and ran over the female on the ground as she completed her turn,” police said. “AFD medics pronounced the victim deceased shortly after arriving on scene.”

The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers, the statement said. No charges had been filed in the collision as of Thursday morning.

Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad declined to answer questions about the incident Thursday morning, citing the ongoing investigation.

Police are still investigating why the woman was in the parking lot. Her name has not yet been released as police have notified her family.

The woman’s death comes just days after another fatal pedestrian crash on Old Seward, when 30-year-old Brian Pederson was killed in a collision near East Klatt Road early Sunday. Police later that morning arrested the driver who allegedly struck Pederson, 29-year-old Marsean Hadley, on charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence.


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Chris Klint is a web producer and current news reporter at Alaska Public Media. Reach him out cklint@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Chris here.

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