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North 26th crash

Billings police investigate a hit and run crash that injured a woman at North 26th Street and Seventh Avenue North on Monday, September 25, 2017.

Prosecutors have dropped charges against a man accused in a hit-and-run that left two people with broken bones, saying they need to refile the case later once they know more about the victim’s medical bills.

Kenneth Vanmoorsel, 49, was charged in September 2017 after prosecutors say he ran a stop sign and T-boned another driver, breaking her ribs. The wreck took place at Seventh Avenue North and North 26th Street. 

Vanmoorsel swerved, drove onto the sidewalk and eventually parked in the Yellowstone Art Museum parking lot, prosecutors say. One of Vanmoorsel’s passengers reported a broken arm in the crash.

Vanmoorsel gave an intoxilyzer sample of 0.176, according to charges.

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Prosecutors filed three felonies against Vanmoorsel: failure to stop or remain at crash scene involving death or serious bodily injury, negligent vehicular assault and criminal endangerment.

Deputy County Attorney Brett Linneweber moved to dismiss the charges without prejudice on Feb. 25, saying he needed more time to get the full picture on the victim’s injuries and medical costs.

“Some injuries just take a long time to heal, and it’s safer to let that happen than have a potential arbitrary end to (the case),” he said.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.