Belgrade man dies in motorcycle crash north of Helena

Phil Drake

A 75-year-old Belgrade man died Sunday in a motorcycle crash north of Helena on Interstate 15.

The crash occurred close to mile marker 219, about 7 miles south of Wolf Creek. The driver of the motorcycle, Ronald Tuttle, received CPR, but responders were unable to revive him, Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s officials said Monday.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s deputy coroner pronounced him dead at 12:10 p.m. and said the cause was blunt force trauma.

Officials said speed may have been a factor. It was not immediately known if the driver was wearing a helmet.

The Montana Highway Patrol posted on its website that there have been five deaths so far this year on Montana’s roadways involving motorcycles. This latest crash was not included in the tally.

Assistant editor Phil Drake can be reached at 406-231-9021.

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