WASILLA — A man involved in an accident that claimed the life of a longtime Alaska State Trooper has been indicted for manslaughter.
Jacob Moreland, 22, of Wasilla, has been indicted for criminal negligent manslaughter and DUI. He was arrested Dec. 7 at about 9 p.m.
Moreland was one of the drivers in a two-vehicle collision Sept. 26 that claimed the life of Dallas Massie Sr., 72, of Wasilla, according to troopers. Massie Sr., died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. AST received a report of a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Lamont Way and Tweed Court just after 6 p.m. Sept. 26. According to troopers, the initial investigation revealed a Chevrolet truck operated by Moreland struck the driver’s side of a Dodge truck operated by Massie. The drivers of both vehicles were transferred to a local hospital, troopers said, and Massie did not survive his injuries.
Massie, who retired in 2006, spent 25 years with the troopers, most of that time in the Valley. Massie retired as a sergeant, according to the Frontiersman archives, and the leader of the Valley’s investigative unity. Massie did return to work in 2009, serving as the chief of police in Nome for a short stint after his predecessor, and friend and former colleague, was forced to leave the position due to family reasons. Massie also spent time as a trooper in Kotzebue.
Moreland was arraigned Sunday morning. He will be arraigned in Superior Court Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Palmer Courthouse.
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