Police cruiser with lights on (Photo by Scott Davidson via Wikimedia).
The Montana Highway Patrol announced one teenager is dead and another is injured after their car drove off a roadway and rolled over multiple times near Helena around 10:45 a.m. on Monday.
The accident took place on Diamond Springs in the North Helena Valley, according to the accident report. The two teenage girls, 19 and 14, were traveling on the gravel road, and “while negotiating the S-curves in the roadway the vehicle started to slide,” the report says. “The driver overcorrected, the vehicle ran off the roadway to the left and rolled multiple times.”
The name of the 19-year-old who died at the scene has not been disclosed.
The 14-year-old has been identified by her family as Hailey Torgerson, sister of House District 82 candidate Jacob Torgerson. Hailey suffered a broken neck and broken finger, according to her family. “Physically she will make a full recovery, but mentally this is something that will stick with her forever,” said her mother, Maggie Torgerson in a statement provided to the Daily Montanan.
At the scene, an unknown woman helped Hailey until emergency responders got to the scene. “I am so thankful for the emergency responders and the amazing woman who helped my daughter out of the car and took care of her until the ambulance got to her and also made sure she was able to get ahold of me to get there! I don’t even know her name,” Torgerson said.
According to the report, neither occupant of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban was wearing a seatbelt, and drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the accident.
At around 5 p.m., Jacob Torgerson — candidate for House District 82 in Helena — tweeted: “If you would all keep my sister, her friend, and our families in your thoughts at this time, it would be much appreciated. My heart aches.”
If you would all keep my sister, her friend, and our families in your thoughts at this time, it would be much appreciated. My heart aches. https://t.co/SIUNmmiYGi
— Jacob Torgerson (@TorgersonForMT) September 6, 2021
Between January 1 and August 30, there have been 133 crashes and 145 deaths on Montana roads, according to MHP.
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