Kalispell Woman Dies in Crash

By Beacon Staff

Three people died in separate Montana highway crashes Tuesday and Wednesday, the Montana Highway Patrol reported.

A 28-year-old Kalispell woman died shortly before midnight Wednesday on Farm Road in Kalispell. Deputy Flathead County Coroner Brad Stahlberg said the woman died of a broken neck when her vehicle rolled after she drove off the side of the road and overcorrected.

A man was killed Wednesday afternoon near Three Forks after losing control of his pickup truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger suffered only minor injuries.

A 52-year-old Butte man was killed when his pickup truck rolled at about 10 p.m. Tuesday near East Helena. Daniel Lacey failed to negotiate a corner and veered off the road, Trooper Jeramy Rice said. Lacey was taken to St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, where he was pronounced dead.

Rice said alcohol was a factor in the accident.

The three deaths increased Montana’s 2007 highway fatality count to 263, compared to 250 on the same date a year earlier.