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Press Release

Anchorage Man Indicted in Fatal Atka Collision

June 29, 2016

On June 27, 2016, 28 year old Sonny Iloilo was indicted for causing the deaths of three occupants of a van following a collision in the village of Atka on June 14, 2016. Iloilo was also indicted on six counts of assault in the first degree for causing serious physical injury to six other occupants of the van. The State had previously charged Iloilo with driving under the influence and reckless driving in connection with the fatal crash.

On June 14, 2016, a Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) contacted the Alaska State Troopers to report a motor vehicle crash near the Post Office in Atka. The VPSO reported that it was a single vehicle collision with a driver and nine occupants. The VPSO identified the person believed to be the driver of the vehicle as Sonny Iloilo.

Within three hours of the collision, the VPSO reported that three of the occupants of the vehicle had died as a result of the collision and five of the occupants had been transported to Anchorage for medical treatment.

By mid-morning on June 15, 2016, three Alaska State Troopers arrived in Atka to conduct a crash investigation. Based on their investigation, Iloilo was charged on June 20, 2016 for his alleged role in the crash. Iloilo is alleged to have operated a company passenger van while under the influence of alcohol and caused the vehicle to roll over multiple times.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Iloilo faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison for manslaughter and assault in the first degree and a fine of up $250,000. Sentencing is determined by the court’s evaluation of the circumstances of the offense and the defendant.

Iloilo has not been arraigned yet because he has not been released from the hospital where he is being treated for injuries he suffered in the crash. Iloilo’s bail was set by an Anchorage Superior Court Judge at $250,000 plus a court approved third party custodian.

Contact: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or

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