Nikiski woman, 22, dies following car chase

Sep 21, 2020

Credit Alaska State Troopers

A 22-year-old Nikiski woman died this weekend following a reported car chase.

According to an Alaska State Troopers report, officers attempted to stop Olivia Mapes around 2 p.m. Saturday for swerving across the center and fog lines on the Kenai Spur Highway. Mapes didn’t stop, and when she turned off the highway, a pursuit ensued, according to the state’s online trooper dispatch.

Mapes’ vehicle struck a Chevy pickup, driven by 63-year-old Eric Clark, of Soldotna, at the intersection of the highway and Wik Road. Mapes was driving a Subaru sedan.

Mapes was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the report, she was not wearing a seatbelt. The occupants of the pickup were wearing seatbelts and did not suffer injuries.

Troopers found Mapes to have outstanding arrest warrants. Troopers say the investigation is ongoing.