The two women appeared to have been good Samaritans, flagging down a father and son who seemed too inebriated to be on the road and offering to drive them home, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
Instead, the vehicles they were driving crashed on U.S. Highway 93 near Evaro early Wednesday morning, killing the father.
The crash occurred about 1:30 a.m. after the father and son left the Evaro bar, where they’d been drinking together, according to Trooper Paul Pfau.
“Then these girls apparently pulled up and got them to pull over because they weren’t driving very good,” Pfau said.
The son got into a 2001 Nissan Maxima with one of the women, and the father followed behind, with the second woman driving his son’s full-size Chevy pickup, Pfau said.
Just inside the Lake County line, at about mile marker 15.2, the car missed a turnoff and stopped at least partially in the road, he said. The truck, following behind, sideswiped and rear-ended it, he said.
“It spun the vehicle around so it went broadside in the road and actually began to roll on the road, then slid off into the ditch,” he said.
Neither of the people in the truck was wearing a seatbelt. “The female was ejected and the male passenger was pinned and pronounced dead at the scene,” Pfau said.
The woman who was driving the truck remained at St. Patrick Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, he said. The other woman was treated there and released, he said. The son had only minor injuries.
Pfau estimated the father’s age at about 41, and the son’s at about 21. He said authorities are awaiting the results of alcohol tests on the woman who was driving the truck.
The names of those involved were not released, pending notification of relatives, he said.