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Yellowstone County officials have released the name of a Shepherd woman who was killed in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Billings.

The victim was Mary Jeanette Martinez. Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Bill Jones says an autopsy will determine the cause of death.

The Montana Highway Patrol is still investigating Tuesday's crash.

The patrol says Martinez's car was turning from Shepherd Road onto Montana Highway 312 at about 10 a.m. when it was struck by a pickup truck that was westbound on the highway. The pickup struck the driver's side of Martinez's car.

The driver of the pickup was not injured. The patrol says she was not at fault and was not cited.


Wreck kills driver from Shepherd

By The Gazette Staff

A 36-year-old Shepherd woman was killed Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 312.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala south on Shepherd Road when she attempted to make a left turn onto the two-lane highway at about 10 a.m., said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Dell Aman. Her car was hit by a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck headed west on the highway.

Aman said the woman was not wearing a seat belt, but the force of the crash was so great that a belt would not have saved her. The truck hit the driver's side door area of the car, crushing the area into the passenger compartment, he said.

The driver of the pickup had no chance to avoid the collision, Aman said.

"There was no way out of it," Aman said.

The woman died at the scene. The driver of the truck, a 46-year-old Shepherd woman, was wearing a seat belt and she was not seriously injured. Her name was not released.

Aman said speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash. The driver of the Impala failed to yield to the oncoming truck, Aman said, and no citations are expected to be issued.

There were no obvious obstructions at the scene and weather did not contribute to the crash, which Aman described as "pure driver error."

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