Witnesses told Alaska State Troopers that Felix Wongittilin was traveling very fast through Savoonga with his mother riding along when he took a left turn too wide, lost control and flipped his ATV in late evening of July 8.
The single vehicle rollover sent Wongittilin, 31, and his mother into the gravel by the intersection, according to court documents.
Wongittilin has recovered from his injuries, but Mary Ann Kulowiyi, 56, died in an Anchorage hospital the next day. An Alaska State Trooper investigation found alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Wongittilin underwent arraignment July 27 on Manslaughter, a Class A Felony, in the death of his mother. The complaint states that the defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused the death of another person under circumstances not amounting to murder in the first or second degree.
On the night of the accident, both Wongittilin and Kulowiyi were taken to the Savoonga Clinic. Wongittilin awoke at the clinic and asked VPOs to give him a portable breath test. The result, approximately one hour and 40 minutes after the accident, showed a BrAC of 0.098.
Wongittilin had non-life threatening injuries. A medivac flight took Wongittilin and his mother out of Savoonga for treatment. Mary Ann Kulowiyi had serious injuries and was taken by emergency flight to Anchorage. She died July 9. On July 10, a state Medical Examiner declared that Kulowiyi died as a result of her injuries in the collision.
Law enforcement interviewed Wongittilin in Nome. He admitted to driving as well as being intoxicated, saying he was responsible for his mother’s condition, according to the affidavit filed by Alaska State Trooper Timothy Smith.
On July 27,…
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