A Highway Patrol patrol member died in a crash near the town of Whitefish Lake last week, authorities said.
The Alaska Highway Department posted a message on Twitter on Saturday morning stating that the body of a member of the highway patrol was found.
The department said that the victim was identified as Sgt. David T. Smith, 49, of Anchorage.
The crash happened about 8 p.m. on Saturday near the intersection of Interstate 94 and the Whitefish River Road.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on the road when it occurred.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of a Highway Patrol member in a fatal accident in Whitefish, Alaska,” the department said in a statement.
“He was a valued member of our Highway Patrol and a dedicated member of my team.
Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”
Smith was a member in the Alaska Highway Police and Alaska Highway Division.
He was a five-year veteran and had been with the department for 15 years, according to a statement from the department.
“As we mourn his passing, I will also offer our deepest condolences to the families of those involved in the accident,” the statement read.
“The Anchorage Police Department and the entire Anchorage Police Service is deeply saddened by this tragedy.”
Smith and his partner were conducting road safety patrols when they encountered a car and a pedestrian on the highway near the Whitefina River Road, according the Alaska Department of Transportation.
The driver of the vehicle hit Smith, killing him, according authorities.
The two troopers were transported to Anchorage Medical Center in critical condition, according a news release from the state highway department.
Smith’s family members were not immediately available for comment on Saturday.