A grandmother and granddaughter were killed in a head-on crash just outside of East Helena on Tuesday, according to Montana Highway Patrol.
Lewis and Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson identified the two women as 16-year-old Justine K. Smith and 51-year-old Mildred K. Richard, both of Helena.
Smith died at the scene of the crash, and Richard died around 3 a.m. after being taken to St. Peter’s Hospital, he said.
Smith was a student at Capital High, confirmed Walt Chancy, interim principal of the school.
The two women were traveling east into East Helena on Highway 12 shortly after 10:30 p.m. when a vehicle driving the wrong way in their lane hit them head on, said Capt. George Cruickshank of the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office.
Trooper David Gleich, who is heading up Montana Highway Patrol’s investigation of the crash, confirmed that alcohol was involved.
Smith and Richard were driving a Blue Ford Probe and the other two adults involved in the crash were driving a 1999 Maroon Mercury Cougar, according to Montana Highway Patrol.
None of the victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, but the airbags in the Mercury deployed, Gleich said.
The two adults in the Mercury were in stable condition, Trooper Jeremy Lee said Wednesday morning.
Gary Becker, captain of the Montana Highway Patrol, said the names of the two survivors of the crash would be released after the investigation is completed.