Apr 4, 2014 2:47 PM by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News

Authorities release name of man who died in river crash

UPDATE - Yellowstone County authorities say a Shepherd man who died when his truck plunged off a bridge into the Yellowstone River Thursday evening, had left messages that he intended to kill himself.

Deputy Coroner Chad Fehr tells Q2 News that during the investigation, officials found strong evidence that 40-year old Daven Botsch intentionally drove his truck off Highway 312 just before 6 pm Thursday .

Fehr says an autopsy conducted Friday confirmed that Botsch died of drowning.

HUNTLEY - A man who died after crashing into the Yellowstone River has been identified.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said the man was Daven Botsch, 40, of Shepherd.

Botsch died Thursday evening when the truck he was driving drove off of the bridge at Highway 312 and into the Yellowstone River.

Law enforcement on the scene said the crash happened just before 6 p.m.

The eastbound pickup truck drifted off of the road, flipped over the embankment and landed on its top in the water.

Neighbors tried to pull Botsch from the truck and found he was unresponsive.

A portion of Highway 312 was shutdown while dive team and towing company pulled the truck from the river.

Linder said an autopsy will be conducted Friday afternoon.


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