Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:53 AM by MTN News
GREAT FALLS - Authorities have identified the man who was driving a pickup truck that rolled over near Browning over the weekend, killing five people, including himself.
Jason Hannon, 28, was driving the truck that rolled, killing himself and four others just after midnight on Sunday on Starr School Road, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Jenson said.
Alcohol did play a role in the crash, authorities said. Jenson says that right before the crash, witnesses say Hannon looked down to either answer a text message or to change a song on his phone.
Two men and three women died in the crash, while another man and a woman survived the wreck. Jenson adds that two of the victims, as well as one of the survivors, are sisters.
Hannon was allegedly driving well above the nighttime speed limit of 65 mph when the crash happened. He became distracted, drifted right, and then over-corrected. The pickup truck then slid sideways before rolling over several times.
The victims have been identified as Hannon of Babb; Jane Wagner, 17, of Browning; Kyle Dodson, 24, of Browning; Alicia Ladd, 23, of Browning; and Jeanette Ladd, 21, of Browning. The survivors are Dellyssa Ladd, 19, and Alvin Yellowowl, 28.
None of the seven people in the pickup truck were wearing seatbelts.
- Information from Katie Stukey