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Following the fatal hit-and-run that struck and killed 22-year-old Joshua Goodlataw as he was walking home during the early morning hours of Saturday, August 6, Anchorage police say that their investigation has gathered evidence from the scene as well as witnesses to the incident.
“Police were called by a citizen who reported that a male who had been walking in the roadway, was struck by a dark colored pick-up truck that was traveling inbound and that the truck had left the scene,” the police revealed last week.
When police arrived at the scene, they discovered a deceased Goodlataw “lying on the north side of the highway on the inbound lanes between the Muldoon and Boniface exits.”Goodlataw had messaged his parents, who were out of town at the time, about an hour earlier saying that he was walking home from visiting friends.
Anchorage police say that the vehicle suspected of a hit-and-run at 3:30 AM on Saturday morning, was a 2003 or 2004 dark blue, Chevy Silverado or Avalanche. They say this vehicle had blue lighting inside the cab.
According to police, the suspect vehicle has damage to the headlight, hood, and plastic trim near the hood and windshield on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Police have also acquired a description of the driver of the vehicle and have released that information. They say the driver an adult white male approximately 5’4″ tall with a thin build. Police say that the driver was last seen wearing a white baseball cap, gray jacket, and beige sweatpants.
Police also had details on a male and female passengers known to have been in the vehicle. The woman is described as being a 5’5″ “Strawberry Blonde” of thin build in her 20s. She was last seen wearing “gray or white sweat pants, and a white over-sized shirt.”
The male passenger is described as being an adult Asian in his 20s. He is also approximately 5’5″, tall, heavy-set and wearing a black shirt and gray pants.
Police are asking the public to come forward if they have any information “regarding the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle, or the identities of any of the people who were inside the truck at the time of the crash.” The Anchorage police can be reached at 786-8900. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP, or online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.