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A Missoula man was charged with negligent homicide as the result of a 2018 crash that took the life of a Hamilton man.

Charges were filed Tuesday against Anthony Roger Montgomery in Ravalli County Justice Court. A summons has been issued for his arrest.

Montgomery allegedly had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his bloodstream on the morning of Feb. 9, 2018 when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 93 and crashed into a vehicle going the other direction, according to Ravalli County Deputy County Attorney Angela Wetzsteon’s charging affidavit.

Bill Neaves of Hamilton was killed in the crash.

Witnesses told a Montana Highway Patrol trooper that Montgomery’s GMC pick-up was travelling southbound when it crossed over into the northbound lane. After the pickup sideswiped a Honda Accord and spun that vehicle out of control, it crashed into the Chevrolet Tahoe Neaves was driving.

The affidavit said the trooper spoke to Montgomery’s employer, who said Montgomery had broken his back in a motorcycle crash and had trouble sleeping after that incident. The man said Montgomery often fell asleep on a stool with his head on the counter.

Another person told the trooper that he had talked with Montgomery just before the wreck. While Montgomery seemed OK, he complained of bad sleep. The affidavit said Montgomery had told the man he had fallen asleep the night before on a barstool with his head on the counter.

The trooper also spoke with a friend of Montgomery’s who said she had been with him the night before the crash at his Missoula home. She told the trooper they were not using alcohol or drugs, but that Montgomery had been tired and started to doze off at about 9:30 p.m.

Medical records obtained from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital showed Montgomery had both methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood when he was treated, the affidavit said.

Montgomery also faces a felony criminal endangerment charge for hitting the Honda Accord.


Associate Editor

Reporter for The Ravalli Republic.