A serious accident at the Grand and Shiloh intersection ended the life of a 52-year-old Billings woman. Police believe another man traveling south may have experienced a medical emergency directly before the crash. The fatal accident occurred when his vehicle crossed into opposite traffic, striking the woman's vehicle.
Police believe that in addition to the possibility of a medical problem, speed may also have directly contributed to this accident. The 69-year-old driver was taken to the hospital after his vehicle rolled from the collision. The 52-year-old woman passed away at the scene of the accident.
Since 2011, police report that 48 accidents have occurred at the intersection of Grand and Shiloh, but people were injured in only six of those. Roundabouts were added recently to the street near the accident in order to slow traffic. No fatal accidents had occurred at the intersection since the completion of the roundabout until this one happened on June 6.
There is no indication so far that the man responsible for this fatal accident will face criminal charges. There is also no word from police whether the accident investigation is still ongoing. Regardless, the possibility still exists that this man will be held accountable for any potential negligence he may have committed in the Billings woman's death. Whether it's criminal liability or civil, there is still the possibility the family will be able to see justice served for the loss of their family member.
Source: KULR8, "Victim Identified in Fatal Crash," Sarah Gravlee, June 6, 2012