Boy Struck by Vehicle in Somers

By Beacon Staff

SOMERS (AP) _ A 14-year-old boy died here Tuesday after he was hit by a vehicle driven by an off-duty Montana Highway Patrol trooper.

Dane Shattuck, of Somers, was attempting to ride his bicycle across U.S. 93 at the intersection with Montana 82. He was struck by a vehicle that was southbound on U.S. 93 at about 12:15 p.m.

Dane was transported to the Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he died later Tuesday afternoon.

Because the incident involved a trooper, the Kalispell Police Department and Flathead County attorney’s office were assisting in the investigation.

Authorities released few details, citing the ongoing investigation, but said alcohol and excessive speed were not factors in the accident.

Meanwhile, another person died last week in a bicycle accident in Colstrip.

The victim was Grant Kemeny, 39, who lived in Colstrip and worked as the postmaster in Lame Deer.

Colstrip Police Chief Larry Reinlasoder said Tuesday that an investigation determined Kemeny suffered a fatal head injury on July 3 when his bicycle tire became entangled in twine at the site of a paving project.

Kemeny was first taken to the hospital in Colstrip but later flown to Billings. He was pronounced dead at the Billings Clinic the next day.

According to information from the U.S. Postal Service, Kemeny was appointed the Lame Deer postmaster in October 2005. He previously served as the postmaster in Superior.

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