The Montana Highway Patrol believes that a teenage driver was going about twice the legal speed limit before she was involved in a rollover crash Monday morning that left a man dead southeast of Lodge Grass.
The office of Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis identified the victim, who was a passenger in the car, as 37-year-old Lodge Grass resident Edmund Old Crow.
The crash was reported at about 9:30 a.m. The vehicle was found on its roof on Owl Creek Road, a roadway that on state maps is listed as 40 Mile Road, said MHP Trooper Calvin Jimmerson.
The speed limit on that road is 55 miles per hour. Jimmerson said. "Based on our measurements and calculations, they were traveling approximately double the speed limit on that road," he said. That means the driver may have been going 110 miles per hour.
The driver, who Jimmerson said was a teenage girl, appears to have been driving the vehicle southeast when she failed to negotiate a left curve after cresting a short hill on the road.
The vehicle left the roadway and the driver tried to correct its course, sending the vehicle into a slide. The tires caught on something as the vehicle re-entered the road, causing the vehicle to roll.
Old Crow was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected during the crash. Jimmerson said he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver was wearing a seat belt and was extricated from the vehicle by responders. She was taken by HELP Flight to a hospital in Billings, Jimmerson said.
Speed is considered a factor in the crash, and MHP is looking into other possible factors, according to Jimmerson.
He said that his agency was involved in the investigation of the crash, but that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is the primary agency involved in the investigation.