Manslaughter Charges for Driver of Northern Lights Hit and Run

fatal-hit-and-runThe Anchorage Police Department report that the man responsible for the fatal hit-and-run that occurred at the intersection of Northern Lights and the New Seward Highway at just after 5:30 am on Monday morning, turned himself in to police 12 hours later.

Just before 5 pm on Monday, 20-year-old Quinton Molinar called in to police to report that “he was the driver involved in (Monday) morning’s early morning fatal hit and run collision that took place at the intersection of New Seward and Northern Lights,” police divulged to the public.

According to police, an adult male, who’s identity has yet to be released, was crossing the crosswalk at the intersection, when Molinar, who was traveling west-bound at a high rate of speed, ran a red light and hit him. The victim became lodged in the windshield of the vehicle. The vehicle continued, running into a bus stop sign and ending up on the sidewalk.

As the vehicle was stopped, the driver got out of the vehicle, pulled the victim from out of the windshield and dropped him to the ground, before climbing into the vehicle and continued driving west-bound.[xyz-ihs snippet=”adsense-body-ad”]Molinar told police that he had checked the victim and felt a faint pulse. When police responded to the scene, the victim had already succumbed to his injuries.

According to evidence at the scene as well as witness reports, the victim had the right of way when he was struck and killed.

Police have not received blood test results as yet, and so, do not know if Molinar had been drinking at the time of the accident. Molinar told police that he and his mother, Felicia Sails, were on their way to pick up a pizza when the accident occurred.

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After the accident, Molinar told police that he threw away the clothes that he was wearing at the time of the accident and used a tarp to cover up the vehicle involved in the accident.

Molinar pleaded guilty to felony theft in a February plea agreement. He had initially been charged with armed robbery after using a stun gun on his victim five or six times before taking his backpack. Molinar told police in that case, that he had taken the victim’s backpack “so police would contact him so he could tell his side of the story.” Molinar told police that the victim had touched his girlfriend. The victim told police that Molinar was after his money.

Molinar was charged Tuesday with Manslaughter, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Evidence Tampering charges, all felonies. He is being held without bail. He goes before a judge for arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

The victim’s identity has not been released pending notification of his next of kin.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adversal-468×60″]