Harlowton girl killed in wreck

2007-09-11T23:00:00Z Harlowton girl killed in wreckGazette News Services The Billings Gazette
September 11, 2007 11:00 pm  • 

A Harlowton teenager was killed in a single-vehicle accident after the pickup truck she was riding in went off the road and flipped onto its top.

Kayla Marie Wilhelm, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. She was one of two passengers in the Chevy pickup truck, driven by Sarah Peck, 22. Peck was injured in the accident and was transported to a Billings hospital. The other passenger, a 16-year-old boy investigators would not name because he is a minor, was not injured.

The trio was traveling west on Logan Street at a high speed when the truck went off the right side of the road, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. Peck overcorrected, sending the truck across the road and off the left side. The truck then skidded sideways, plowed through a NorthWestern Energy fence and rolled once before coming to rest on its top.

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as factors in the accident, officials said, and Wilhelm was not wearing a seat belt.

In April 2006, a 16-year-old Harlowton girl was killed by a car outside Wade's Drive-In. Shiloh Jean Theriault was having a squirt-gun fight with friends when she tripped and was backed over by a friend who didn't see her.

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