Car lands in canal off Solomon Avenue, sending woman to the hospital

2014-05-04T01:58:00Z 2014-05-05T11:28:04Z Car lands in canal off Solomon Avenue, sending woman to the hospitalGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 04, 2014 1:58 am  • 

Billings Police officers are investigating a case of road rage that reportedly sent one vehicle into a canal near Solomon Avenue and the vehicle's passenger to the hospital.

BPD Sgt. Pat Curry said it appears that a 17-year-old male driving a gold Ford Expedition with an 18-year-old female passenger was driven off the road by a dark-colored sedan on Saturday at around 11:30 p.m.

Curry said the couple climbed out of the partially sunken vehicle, climbed out of the canal and walked to a house on the 2000 block of Park Hill Drive where they called for help. 

The woman, who lived nearby, was taken to St. Vincent Healthcare with apparent minor injuries, while the man suffered no injuries, Curry said.

The road rage incident began near Grand Avenue and 17th Street West, and it ended on Solomon Avenue with the Expedition halfway submerged on its side in the Billings Bench Water Association canal.

Police are searching for the sedan. Curry said once the suspects are found, they could be charged for a hit-and-run, and assault with a deadly weapon.

The Billings Police Department, American Medical Response, the Billings Fire Department and a tow truck responded. 

The SUV was still in the canal as of midnight on Sunday. The investigation is ongoing. 

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