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Four men died Sunday in separate one-vehicle crashes on state roadways, the Montana Highway Patrol reported Monday.

A 43-year-old Bozeman man died Sunday night when his 1969 Land Rover struck a deer on the West Fork Road, about 8 miles south of Darby.

The Land Rover, which did not have a top or a roll bar, flipped on its top. The driver, Charles Scott Smith, was crushed and died at the scene, said Sgt. Pete Richardson of the patrol.

Earlier in the evening, 35-year-old Scott Wade Belshe, of Hamilton, died when he lost control of the pickup truck he was driving and struck a tree on the Skalkaho Highway south of Hamilton.

Patrol Capt. Mike Frellick said Belshe was westbound at about 6:15 p.m. when his pickup drifted off the road, struck a tree and rolled. A passenger, 24-year-old Michael Warner of Hamilton, was not injured.

North of Helena, a 19-year-old Helena man died Sunday evening when the car he was riding in went off a curve on Canyon Ferry Road at a high speed.

Brandon Michael Kincaid died. Driver Kimberly Watney, 20, of Missoula and back-seat passenger Jennifer Masson, 18, of Helena, were thrown from the car. They were being treated at St. Peter’s Community Hospital in Helena.

Another passenger, Beau Newell, 24, of Missoula, wore a seat belt. Newell was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

South of Anaconda, a 27-year-old Deer Lodge man died when the semi tractor-trailer he was driving went off the right side of Secondary 273 on a downhill curve and landed on its top. The man, whose name was not released, died at the scene.

The deaths raised the state highway fatality toll to 99, compared with 115 on July 8, 2000.

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