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Within 15 hours of Ian McCarthy’s fatal crash late Wednesday on the Parks Highway, posts appeared on his page.
A woman who identified herself as Jenn wrote: “I am really going to miss you, old friend.”A cousin wrote: “I wish we got to spend more time with you growing up.”

“I was going to call you on Sunday like we talked about,” wrote a woman identified as Squirmy, “I really wanted to, but I got nervous … I’m so sorry.”McCarthy, a 25-year-old Lathrop High School graduate, wore his hair long, loved heavy metal music and was against the conflict in Iraq.

He died five miles north of Cantwell after the Dodge truck he was a passenger in went off the road and rolled into a ditch, according to Alaska State Troopers. Driver David Flaherty, 25, of Fairbanks suffered injuries to his upper body and was airlifted to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, a trooper report stated. He was reportedly treated and released. The crash happened about 9:30 p.m. at 215.5 Mile Parks Highway after Flaherty failed to negotiate a corner and overcorrected, stated the report.

Both men wore seat belts, and troopers suspect Flaherty had been drinking. Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said the crash happened after the men left an establishment that sells alcohol. Wilkinson declined to name the business.