Woman pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide in Mika Westwolf’s death; trial set for May

POLSON — A Butte woman pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to multiple charges, including vehicular homicide, filed against her in connection with the death of a young Indigenous woman, Mika Westwolf.

Sunny K. White, 28, pleaded not guilty in Lake County District Court to five felonies: one count of vehicular homicide while under the influence, one count of accidents involving another person or deceased person, two counts of criminal child endangerment and one charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. 

Sunny K. White, 28, arrives at the Lake County District Court Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Polson for her arraignment on multiple charges including vehicular homicide filed against her in connection with the death of Mika Westwolf, a young Indigenous woman. 

Antonio Ibarra Olivares

Prosecutors allege White killed Westwolf in the early morning hours of March 31 when Westwolf was walking along U.S. Highway 93, just north of Arlee.

“This is only just the beginning,” Carissa Heavy Runner, Mika’s mother, said outside of the courthouse on Wednesday morning. 

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