Speed, alcohol, cell phone use factors in Nampa woman's deadly crash, police say

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says speed, alcohol and the suspected use of a cellphone were factors in a crash in northeastern Montana that killed an Idaho woman.

Trooper Michel Briggs says 44-year-old April Smith of Nampa, Idaho, died Wednesday night on Montana Highway 200 about two miles south of Sidney.

The patrol says Smith's car drifted across the center line and into a ditch. She overcorrected back onto the roadway and struck a private driveway, causing her car to roll several times. Briggs says the car vaulted a canal and came to rest on all four tires.

Smith wasn't wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

Briggs tells The Billings Gazette it is believed Smith was using a cellphone at the time of the crash.


Information from: Billings Gazette