‘So many questions’: 2020 Rock Creek crash, death likely won’t lead to criminal charges

Criminal charges likely won’t be pursued in a Granite County crash that took the life of a young University of Montana student in 2020, according to the Montana Department of Justice and Granite County Attorney’s Office.

Courtney, who moved to Missoula from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was enrolled at the University of Montana. She was on track to earn a criminal justice and law degree.

Provided by Lance Klagues

The case, first reported by the Montana Kaimin, started on the evening of May 31, 2020, when Courtney Klagues, a 21-year-old UM student, died while sitting in the passenger seat of a Jeep Wrangler that was catapulted into Rock Creek. A letter from the Montana Department of Justice found the Granite County Attorney’s Office didn’t abuse its discretion in declining charges against the driver, something Courtney’s family struggles with understanding.

“There are so many unanswered questions,” Lance Klagues, Courtney’s father, said in a phone call with the Missoulian.

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