Aniak teen killed in snowmachine crash

by Mark Arehart on April 26, 2013

15-year-old Dakota Nicholi, of Aniak, was killed April 25th when he was struck by a snowmachine.

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Alaska State Troopers report Nicholi was standing by a parked snowmachine with another unnamed teenager at the time of the crash.

Troopers say 26-year-old Philip Simeon, also of Aniak, was driving over a ditch with open water when his machine became airborn and struck the pair.

Nicholi was transported to the Aniak clinic where a short time later he succumbed to injuries.

Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters said it was not known how serious Nicholi’s injuries were at the time of the crash.

“From looking at him you couldn’t necessarily tell that he had been hit. So it’s going to come down to what an autopsy can tell us about how he died,” Peters said.

The other teen that was struck suffered only minor injuries and was not taken to the clinic.

Troopers said Simeon was intoxicated at the time of the accident. He was arrested and remanded to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.

He is charged with manslaughter, assault in the second degree and driving while intoxicated.

A friend described Nicholi as always happy and very smart.

He had a great sense of humor, the friend said.

He loved basketball and had been playing just before the crash.

Next of kin has been notified.

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