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Anchorage Man Indicted for Fatal Pedestrian Collision

September 23, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On Thursday, September 22, 2016, 20 year old Quinton Molinar was indicted by the Anchorage grand jury for his alleged role in a collision that caused the death of 71 year old James Hawke on September 5, 2016. The grand jury indicted Molinar on counts of murder in the second degree, manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and tampering with physical evidence. The grand jury also indicted 70 year old Juana Molinar and 21 year old Louisee Duron Smith for tampering with physical evidence following the fatal collision.

On September 5, 2016, at approximately 5:38 a.m., the Anchorage Police Department responded to collision at the intersection of the Seward Highway and Northern Lights Boulevard. James Hawke was found deceased, lying on the pavement. Officers determined that Hawke had been walking across Northern Lights when he was likely struck by a speeding vehicle.

Several witnesses remained on scene and spoke with officers. The witnesses described the collision and the vehicle to the officers. Multiple witnesses reported that after the collision, the driver got out of his car and pulled Hawke off of his vehicle then sped away. Molinar turned himself into the Anchorage Police Department around 5:00 p.m. on September 5. The investigation revealed that Smith and Juana Molinar may have assisted

Molinar with removing and concealing evidence from Molinar’s vehicle. Molinar faces a sentence of up to 99 years for murder in the second degree. The other defendants, Smith and Juana Molinar, could be sentenced up to five years for tampering with physical evidence. Molinar is being held at the Anchorage Jail with bail set at a $50,000 appearance bond, a $25,000 cash performance bond, and a court-approved third party custodian. All three defendants are expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in Anchorage Superior Court.

The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov.

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