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Teen struck, killed on Interstate 15 after fleeing Helena psychiatric hospital

Posted at 9:12 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 00:39:02-04


HELENA- A teenage girl has died after a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on I-15 near Helena Monday afternoon.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff-Coroner Leo Dutton confirmed to MTN News the victim was a 15-year-old Missoula girl.

Neal was a patient at the nearby Shodair Children’s Hospital.

In a statement, hospital spokesperson Alana Listoe called the accident “tragic.”

“At around 2:30 p.m., a Shodair patient broke the fire alarm, which caused the hospital locks to open. The patient ran from the building and onto the Interstate and was hit by a vehicle. The patient did not survive,” Listoe said.

“Administration at Shodair is cooperating with officials and providing support to staff, patients and families. Our condolences go out to the families impacted,” Listoe added.

Helena Police Chief Steve Hagen said she walked onto the southbound lanes of the Interstate and was hit by a woman driving a Dodge truck.

It happened about a half-mile south of the Capitol Interchange on I-15 neat Shodair Children’s Hospital.

Helena Police and Montana Highway Patrol are working together to investigate.

Reporting by John Riley, MTN News