Authorities say Brian Delaney, 43, died after a drunk driver hit him head on while driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 93 south of Kalispell. The drunk driver’s passenger, who has not been named, also died in the wreck.
Alcohol has been listed as a factor causing a Joseph Powell, 46, to cross the center lane and crash head-on into another vehicle.
Delaney was pronounced dead on the scene while the other victim was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Montana Highway Patrol reports the driver that caused the crash was most likely under the influence of alcohol at the time. Powell faces preliminary charges of negligent homicide.
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According to Lewis and Clark Coroner Mickey Nelson, Benjamin John Homan, 29, was killed after being hit by a drunk driver while riding his bike Wednesday night. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Joel Powers, 49, after he fled and later returned to the scene and admitted to hitting the victim. Both men were traveling north bound on Montana Avenue when Powers hit Homan with his car. Homan was taken to St. Peter’s Hospital were he was pronounced dead after suffering severe brain trauma.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says, “A bystander stopped and started CPR on the bicyclist, unfortunately it was unsuccessful.”
Today, Powers made his initial appearance in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. He is facing several felony charges including, vehicular homicide while under the influence. His bond is set at $50,000.
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Witnesses who were first to arrive at the scene of an early morning August 18, two-car Ravalli Hill wreck said they called to report a suspected drunk driver three minutes prior to the crash.
According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Randy Owens, a 1999 Honda Accord crossed the yellow line and collided with a 2011 Dodge Avenger.
Driver of the Accord, a 25-year-old Ronan man, who was identified by witnesses as Vern (Toby) Fisher, Jr., was killed in the crash.
The other occupants of the Accord, one man and one woman, were airlifted to St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. The woman was in critical but stable condition as of Monday. The man’s condition was unknown.
The driver of the Avenger was airlifted to a Kalispell hospital after an initial transport to St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan. The woman was in critical but stable condition on Monday.
Witness Darlene Beeks said she and her husband called 911 at 3:18 a.m. to report a suspected drunk driver they were following south on Hwy. 93. At 3:21 a.m. she called to report the wreck.
“It was definitely a drunk driving accident,” Beeks said. “There is no doubt about it. They were swerving all over the road.”
Owens said the crash is still under investigation and that it is yet to be determined if alcohol was a factor.
via Valley Journal: Ravalli Hill wreck kills 1, injures 3.
A man accused of driving drunk and swerving onto a Missoula sidewalk, killing a woman who was walking there with her sister, is scheduled to appear in Missoula County Justice Court this afternoon.
Tom George Vineyard, 38, faces charges of vehicular homicide while under the influence and negligent vehicular assault resulting in serious bodily injury, both felonies.
Vineyard, whose blood alcohol content was measured at about three times the legal driving limit, is accused of killing Roberta Demmert early this morning, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks.
read more here > Missoula man charged with hitting 2 sisters on sidewalk, killing 1.
Rosebud County Sheriff Randy Allies identified an Ashland woman who died Wednesday morning in a rollover crash as Crystal Marie Parker Redrobe, 25.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, a Forsyth man, 29, was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on Birney Road, about 13 miles south of Ashland, when it veered into the southbound lane at about 2:15 a.m.
The driver overcorrected and the pickup slid across the northbound lane and off the east side of the road, where it rolled several times into a pasture, the patrol said.
Redrobe was trapped in the truck and died at the scene.
The crash threw the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, from the pickup. He was taken to a Lame Deer hospital to be treated for injuries. His condition wasn’t available as of 8 a.m.
A Highway Patrol report on the crash said that alcohol played a role in the crash. The investigation continues.
via Ashland woman killed, man injured in morning rollover.
An eight-year-old boy was killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed into a car carrying a family of four.
Daniel Klabunde, 37, of Seattle, and his wife, Charlotte Gamble, 29, have been identified as the two adults of the vehicle that was struck by a driver who police believe may have been intoxicated.
It happened around 4:30 Sunday morning on Interstate 90 near Clinton.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Novak said a 33-year-old man drove the wrong way on the freeway and crashed into a red Honda carrying the family from Washington.
The wrong-way driver also died and Trooper Novak said there were many indicators that he had been drinking. The man was ejected from his pickup and then run over by another vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Klabunde was flown to a Seattle hospital with serious injuries. Gamble and a five-year-old boy who were in the car are in stable condition at St. Patrick Hospital.
Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Tony Rio said the family was just heading out on a vacation.
John Harvey Hoots
Bond was set at $100,000 on Wednesday for a Billings man charged with his 13th drunken-driving offense less than six weeks after he completed a 10-year stint behind bars for his 12th.
John Harvey Hoots, 53, appeared in Justice Court by video from the county jail following his arrest Tuesday evening. Judge Larry Herman set the high bond after prosecutors said Hoots has 12 prior DUI convictions and a criminal record in five states.
Hoots was released from prison on June 25 after serving a 10-year sentence his 12th DUI. Prosecutors said Hoots could face designation as a double persistent felony offender, which carries a minimum sentence enhancement of 10 years.
read more here > Released from prison in June, Billings man charged with DUI No. 13.
A motorcyclist who tested at twice the legal driving limit for alcohol over the weekend already has seven convictions for driving under the influence, according to law enforcement.
Dale Blaine Fite, 57, was arrested after a report of a motorcycle crash at 7:44 p.m. Saturday at Mullan Road and Fairbanks Lane, according to charging documents filed against him.
Another motorcyclist, who was riding alongside Fite, told a Montana Highway Patrol officer that the two were coming from Frenchtown, the documents said. Fite’s speech was slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol, according to information filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jordan Kilby.
“When asked how much he had to drink, Fite responded, ‘I can’t say.’ Fite stated he was drinking Black Velvet and Pepsi,” Kilby’s affidavit said.
A breath sample in the field put Fite’s alcohol level at 0.172 percent, more than twice the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent, it said. When he refused to provide another sample at the Missoula County Detention Facility, District Court Judge Karen Townsend authorized a search warrant for a blood test.
Records provided by the Highway Patrol Dispatch Center show that Fite has seven DUI convictions and that his license is suspended in Utah.
via Motorcyclist charged with 8th DUI after Mullan Road crash : Missoulian: News and Resources for Western Montana.
A man who prosecutors said has six drunken-driving convictions in three states denied a new DUI charge Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court.
Jason Jo Haagenson, 33, appeared before Judge Russell Fagg by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI and misdemeanor counts of driving without a valid license and driving without insurance.
Fagg set bond at $12,500 and required Haagenson to submit to electronic monitoring if he is released form the jail. Prosecutors said Haagenson has six DUI convictions between 1997 and 2010 in North Carolina, Nevada and Montana.
via Man charged with DUI No. 7 : The Billings Gazette – Montana & Wyoming News.
“A” is for alcohol and “B” is for bummer for a western Montana man charged with felony DUI after failing several field sobriety tests, including a request that he recite the alphabet. He told the officer he said his ABCs in his head.
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