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Story Last modified at 7:03 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Glenn crash claims Anchorage biker

Alaska Star Staff

A 52-year-old Anchorage man died following a motorcycle accident on June 11 near the north Eagle River exit, according to Anchorage Police.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said John Cronin was traveling with a group of other motorcyclists outbound on the Glenn Highway at around 12:45 p.m. when he lost control of his bike while attempting to pass a vehicle in front of him. As Cronin attempted to change lanes, so did the other vehicle, causing Cronin to veer back into his original lane and crash into the center median.

Shell said Cronin was wearing a half helmet, which flew off on impact. He was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived and later died at a local hospital.

Police said another motorcyclist traveling with Cronin, 29-year-old Konrad Leis, also crashed after trying to avoid Cronin. Leis suffered only minor injuries.

The accident caused police to shut down the Glenn from about 1 to 3:30 p.m. Traffic was diverted to the Old Glenn while members of the department's Major Collision Investigative Unit conducted their investigation.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.