May 26 Trial Set for Crash Involving PSC’s Molnar

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – A jury trial has been set for Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar, who faces traffic charges for allegedly backing into a car at a fast food drive-thru in Laurel and driving off without identifying himself or reporting the accident.

On Tuesday, Laurel City Judge Jean Kerr scheduled the trial for May 26. The Billings Gazette reports that Molnar has pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to identify himself at an accident and failing to notify authorities by the quickest means of an accident.

Police say an 18-year-old Park City woman reported the accident Oct. 22. She says she thought she and Molnar were going to move their vehicles and exchange information, but Molnar just kept going.

Molnar acknowledges hitting the vehicle but says the woman told him she didn’t care about the damage. He says he left unaware he needed to exchange information.

Police contacted Molnar after the woman took down his license plate number.