Woman charged in 2 Fairbanks car accidents which resulted in injuries

Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 9:15 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A woman is being charged with two counts of Assault in the Third Degree in relation to two vehicular incidents in Fairbanks this summer.

According to the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD), 41-year-old Tabitha Emerson was allegedly involved in two vehicle collisions with pedestrians, each of which caused the victim serious physical injuries.

In a Facebook post on Monday, September 26, FPD detailed an incident on July 13, where police determined that Emerson had allegedly struck a pedestrian while making a left-hand turn from 1st Avenue onto Cushman Street.

At the time, Emerson said she had not seen the pedestrian, and had admitted to being on her phone when it happened.

Another incident on the morning of September 20 involved a child crossing Trainor Gate Road on her way to Tanana Middle School.

According to the Facebook post, a crossing guard was assisting the child and traffic had stopped for the two. Again, Emerson reported not having seen the child.

Investigation into these cases is ongoing. Anyone with more information is asked to contact fpdinvestigations@fairbanks.us or to call 907-450-6500.