Press Release

Synda Collins Indicted for Collision with Bicyclist

June 7, 2017

On June 6, 2017, 26 year old Synda Collins was indicted by an Anchorage grand jury for her alleged role in a vehicle-bicycle collision that caused serious physical injuries to 44 year old Derek Dagley of Anchorage. The grand jury indicted Collins on charges of assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and two counts assault in the third degree. Collins is also charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving.

On May 15, 2017, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the Anchorage Police Department responded to a vehicle-bicycle collision on Abbott Road near the intersection with Brayton Drive. Derek Dagley was contacted and appeared to have suffered a serious head injury. The investigation by the Anchorage Police Department’s Major Traffic Collision Unit revealed Dagley was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The investigation revealed that Collins was driving a vehicle and struck Dagley’s bicycle in a head-on collision. Collins stopped and stayed at the scene after the collision.  Further investigation revealed Collins was believed to have been impaired at the time of the collision. Dagley is still hospitalized and receiving treatment for his injuries.

If convicted of assault in the first degree at trial, Collins faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Collins is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Collins is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. An Anchorage District Court Judge set Collins’ bail at a $2,000 cash performance, plus a $2,000 cash-corporate bond.  Collins is scheduled to be arraigned before the Superior Court on June 8, 2017.

FOR MORE DETAILS, CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Patrick McKay at (907) 269-6300 or patrick.mckay@alaska.gov.

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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