DUI head-on collision leaves 2 dead, UAF student and 1 other hospitalized

Andrew Sheeler / Sun Star Reporter
April 7, 2012

Two people are dead and two more are in the hospital following a head-on vehicle collision with an alleged drunk driver early in the morning of Saturday, April 7.

Colton Fettig, 22, of Corvallis, Ore. was driving his Dodge Neon on Nordale Road after returning from Chena Hot Springs Resort. At 12:04 a.m., Alaska State Troopers learned Fettig’s vehicle was reportedly struck in a head-on collision by Paul A. Kirsteatter, a 31-year-old man from Fairbanks, who was driving a Ford F250.

Fettig and Jordan Boggs, a 22-year-old from North Pole were killed in the collision. Boggs was  sitting behind Fettig. The two riders on the passenger side, Gerald Noy, 18, and Hannah Gustafson, 20, were injured and required hospitalization after the accident.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Gustafson suffered a fractured sternum and ribs, a ruptured spleen and a collapsed lung. Noy suffered cuts scrapes and bruises. Both Noy and Gustafson are from Fairbanks. Gustafson is a student at the UAF Community and Technical College, where she is working on an associate of applied science degree.

Kirsteatter was reportedly driving with his high beams on, AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. Fettig flashed his own high beams at him to signal him to turn them off. Kirtsteatter reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into Fettig’s car.

“He hit them head on and tore open the car,” Ipsen said. Emergency responders used the Jaws of Life to extract the survivors of the crash. Fettig and Boggs were pronounced dead at the scene. Both vehicles were destroyed in the accident.

Kirsteatter was treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital then taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center. He was arraigned Saturday afternoon on two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a suspended license. The News-Miner reports that the District Attorney’s office has withheld from filing murder charges until prosecutors learn Kirsteatter’s blood alcohol content. Kirsteatter is being held without bail at FCC.

Kirsteatter was out on bail for previous charges of two counts of assault in the third degree, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license for an incident that occurred in Delta Junction last August. That case was scheduled to go to trial the week of April 23.

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