An Anchorage man died late Sunday night after being ejected from a side-by-side snowmachine he was driving in Big Lake, according to Alaska State Troopers.
A Monday AST dispatch says troopers were informed that serious injuries had occurred in the crash, on the Big Lake Ice Road, just after 11:40 p.m. Medics began CPR on 54-year-old William Hunsuck while troopers were en route.
“An investigation showed that the machine had been traveling on the Big Lake Ice Road at a high rate of speed when it went over a snow berm on the side of the road,” troopers wrote. “The machine went out of control and started to roll/flip. Hunsuck was ejected from the machine during the crash.”
Medics pronounced Hunsuck dead after consulting with an emergency room physician. His son-in-law was present, and notified of his death by troopers.
“Hunsuck was found to not be wearing a seatbelt even though the snowmachine was equipped with them,” troopers wrote. “Hunsuck was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.”
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the snowmachine involved in the crash was a Ski-Doo Elite.
"It rolled and flipped approximately 280 feet -- that's why we think it was going at a high rate of speed," Peters said.
According to Peters, alcohol may have played a role in the crash, but that possibility has yet to be verified by the state medical examiner's office, which will conduct toxicology tests on Hunsuck's body during an autopsy.
"It's suspected that alcohol was involved, but whether it was truly a factor will fall to the SME's office," Peters said.
Troopers with the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.