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Billings man involved in March fatal crash was allegedly high on marijuana

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Jensen made his initial appearance in Justice Court (MTN News) Jensen made his initial appearance in Justice Court (MTN News)
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The driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in southwest Billings in March has been charged with vehicular homicide after a blood test revealed he was high on marijuana at the time of the crash.

Kent Jensen, 19, was charged Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with felony vehicular homicide while under the influence.

Jensen allegedly was high on marijuana when he failed to yield to a motorcycle on South Frontage Road and struck motorcyclist Jashua James Fry, 31.

Fry was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and killed.

When Yellowstone County deputies first interviewed Jensen at the scene of the accident, they reported that Jensen did not appear to be impaired.

But deputies asked Jensen to submit a blood draw for testing.

The blood draw later tested positive for marijuana, according to court documents.

The level of marijuana recorded in Jensen’s blood was allegedly four times the legal limit.

Jensen told authorities that he had stopped at a stop sign and made a left turn.

He said he never saw the motorcyclist until just moments before the impact.

The crash happened around 7 p.m., which was shortly after sunset.

A witness who was not involved in the crash reported seeing the motorcycle wobble about 20 feet before impact.

Authorities interviewed Jensen’s friend who had been with the defendant the day of the crash.

The friend said he and Jensen had been smoking marijuana throughout the day and after the crash Jensen called and told him he was afraid his blood sample might come back positive for marijuana.

Jensen was issued a notice to appear in court Monday.

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