Missoula woman dies from injuries in Russell Street hit-and-run

A woman died from her injuries last week following a hit-and-run incident on Russell Street in July, authorities reported on Monday.

On July 21, a 53-year-old woman was walking in a crosswalk east at the intersection of Russell Street and Third Street West. At about 4:43 p.m., a Chevy pickup turned right from South Third Street onto Russell when it hit and ran over the woman, according to a Montana Highway Patrol crash report.

According to the report, the driver subsequently fled the scene. Alcohol and drugs were suspected factors in the crash.

The victim, a Missoula resident, was transported to Providence St. Patrick Hospital, where she died from her injuries last Thursday, Aug. 3. The driver, who was uninjured, was listed in the report as a 42-year-old woman from Frenchtown.

Missoula police detectives are referring the case to the Missoula County Attorney’s office for possible charges, polices spokesperson Whitney Bennett said.

Zoë Buchli is the criminal justice reporter for the Missoulian.

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