Martinsdale teen killed in crash with deer near Ringling

A 17-year-old Martinsdale boy died when the driver of a vehicle he was in swerved to avoid hitting a deer, causing the car to roll, officials said Wednesday.

The crash occurred 7:06 a.m. Tuesday at mile marker 1 on secondary Highway 294 near Ringling in Meagher County, the Montana Highway Patrol said.

A Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 20-year-old Martinsdale man was westbound when a deer entered the roadway from the northside. The driver swerved to avoid the deer and hit it with the front right tire and lost traction, the MHP said.

He overcorrected, causing the vehicle to spin and roll off the right side of the road, authorities said. The passenger was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was injured and treated at Mountain View Medical Center in White Sulphur Springs, the MHP said.

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Neither person in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt, the MHP said.

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