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Drunk Driver Hits Four-Wheeler, According To Police, Requiring Driver To Be Medevaced

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Nita Gregory
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A drunk driver struck a man driving a four-wheeler in Bethel this past weekend, according to Bethel police. 

The man who was struck, 20-year-old Bethel resident Hugh “Bubba” Gregory, was medevaced to Anchorage and was in critical condition as of June 22.

The collision occurred June 20 at 2:44 a.m. Bethel police responded to Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway near the airport. Officers wrote in an affidavit that when they arrived, they saw a Ford F-150 pickup truck and a four-wheeler with fuel and oil leaking from both vehicles. Underneath the four-wheeler lay an unconscious man, who turned out to be Gregory.

Two police officers, with the assistance of four bystanders who arrived after the crash, lifted the four-wheeler off Gregory. A man and a woman identified themselves as the occupants of the truck involved in the incident. Police said that they did not appear to have any serious injuries and refused medical care.

The woman, Alison Pleasant, 21, told officers that she had been driving the truck at the time of the collision. She provided three breath samples, all of which registered more than double the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving. She has been charged with one count of driving under the influence and one count of assault in the third degree, recklessly causing injury with a vehicle.

Nita Gregory, the mother of the man who was struck and medevaced, said that her son has been sedated since arriving in Anchorage. She said that his spine is broken, and he was entering his sixth surgery as of the morning of June 22. Nita Gregory has started a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay for Gregory's family to travel to Anchorage to be with him.