JPD on the scene at Auke Lake after a deadly crash early Tuesday morning, Oct. 18. In a news release issued on Wednesday, Oct. 19, JPD confirmed 19-year-old Hunter Dayton Fredrick as the deceased and he is believed to have been the driver of the vehicle. The other two passengers are said to have left the scene before police arrived and their identities have not yet been identified. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Police share more information about deadly crash

1 dead, 1 injured and police are looking for vehicle’s third occupant.

This is a developing story.

Police have identified the three passengers of a truck that sank into Auke Lake after a late-night crash, and Wednesday morning released the identity of the young man whose body was found in the vehicle.

Hunter Dayton Fredrick, 19, who according to the Juneau Police Department is believed to have been driving a white pickup truck that lost control near the lake, was found Tuesday morning inside the vehicle, which was submerged in about 14 feet of water.

[Police investigate roll-over wreck]

The body will be flown to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage to determine a cause of death, according to police.

Police have also identified two young men who are believed to have been passengers in the truck at the time of the wreck, but have not released their identities.

Both an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old man left the scene of the crash prior to the arrival of police, according to JPD. The wreck had been reported shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The 19-year-old man suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital for evaluation, according to police.

JPD is still attempting to locate the 18-year-old man to determine if he was injured during the crash.

The truck has been removed from the lake, and the incident is still under investigation.

Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Dec. 3

This photo shows an Alaska State Trooper patrol vehicle (Juneau Empire File)
Troopers: Man killed raven, consumed its tongue

No arrests or citations made at this time, but investigation is underway.

Writers’ Weir: A window into the sea

A nonfiction story by Rodger Painter.

Kéet and Oscar wait patiently to play on the beach in winter in Wrangell. (Vivian Faith Prescott / For the Capital City Weekly)
Planet Alaska: Winter words

Phrases and words to use to create a Lingít language immersion outing in the winter.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Wednesday, Dec. 7

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Gavel (Courtesy Photo / Juneau Empire file)
Judicial appointments announced

Three of the four presiding Superior Court judges have been reappointed, outgoing… Continue reading

Male harlequins earn their name with their patchwork colors. (Courtesy Photo / Bob Armstrong)
On the Trails: The colorful world of harlequins

On a cold, windy day in late November, I wandered out to… Continue reading

Most Read