Sheriff identifies 2 Harlem residents killed in Fort Belknap crash

2013-03-22T07:00:00Z 2013-03-22T22:07:09Z Sheriff identifies 2 Harlem residents killed in Fort Belknap crashGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Two Harlem residents died late Thursday and three others were injured in a one-vehicle accident on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

The driver, identified by Blaine County Sheriff and Coroner Glenn Huestis as Jenelle Healy, 34, and a passenger, Steve Martin Cochran, 33, died at the scene after being thrown from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

The accident happened at about 11:50 p.m. on private property less than a mile north of Snake Butte Road, a spokesman for the Montana Highway Patrol said.

Healy was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup northbound when she failed to make a left curve in the road. The truck entered a field and rolled, throwing three people from the vehicle.

Three passengers were injured. One of the passengers, a 16-year-old boy who was thrown out and was not wearing a seat belt, was flown to a hospital in Great Falls.

The remaining two passengers, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, were taken to the Indian Health Service hospital on the reservation. The patrol said it was unknown if either was wearing a seat belt.

Speed was a factor in the accident, but it was unknown whether alcohol was involved, the patrol said.



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