Homer police charge driver for hit-and-run accident

Mar 26, 2019

Credit Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Homer Police have charged the driver of a vehicle that allegedly hit a family member who was trying to prevent them from leaving the popular Bishop’s Beach area in Homer Tuesday.  

Video of the incident made its way onto social media Tuesday afternoon and appears to show a pedestrian blocking the red SUV. The unknown person grabbed onto the vehicle as it tried to back away, flinging them several feet before the SUV took off down the road. The video has since been taken down.

Lieutenant Ryan Browning said the Homer Police Department was made aware of the video well after it received a call from a bystander at the scene around 1:30 in the afternoon. Police aren’t releasing the names of either the driver or the pedestrian. However, Browning said they are related.

“It was a mother-daughter duo. Mom has some mental health issues and some traumatic brain injury and they just weren’t getting along at the particular moment,” Browning explained.

The mother was transported to South Peninsula Hospital with minor injuries, and Browning said it took about two and a half hours to track down her daughter, who was allegedly driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.

“We were looking for her and one of our officers happen to see it while he was out looking for it in town and contacted the people in it,” Browning said.

The driver has been charged with third degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident.