Missoula musician, Michael “Micki” Singer, Killed in Crash
A well-known Missoula musician and radio DJ recently passed away in a tragic New Year’s accident. The fatality was the first of 2020 in Montana and has left many people in community, as well as other musicians, heartbroken over the incident.
The crash occurred north of Arlee on U.S. Highway 93 when the artist’s pickup truck was violently struck by another truck.
Michael “Micki” Singer, 63, an adored Missoula musician, passed away at the scene of the crash shortly after 2:30 a.m.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, Singer was driving southbound in a Chevy Avalanche on Highway 93 when a GMC Sierra left the northbound lane and crossed into both lanes of oncoming traffic.
The Sierra, driven by an Army recruiter from the Missoula area, slammed into the driver’s side corner of Singer’s truck, which was on the far-right shoulder of the highway.
MHP Trooper Jeremy Lee said, “At this point we think (Singer) saw the crash coming and drove to the right in order to avoid the crash. That’s why the crash happened on the shoulder.”
According to accident investigators, Singer was wearing his seatbelt, but it is unknown if the other driver was wearing his. The other driver was treated and released at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Lee said that the Army recruiter was going the speed limit when he drove into oncoming traffic. He also stated that the roads were still wet from sporadic rain showers but weren’t slick.
It is still unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved in the car accident.
A fellow musician and friend, Bob Wire, told local news sources that the music industry was “reeling” after hearing the news of his tragic death. Countless other artists expressed their condolences and admiration for Singer’s talent and generosity.
According to the Missoulian, the Missoula musician was a man of many musical talents and not only radio DJ’d but taught music and played drums as well. Singer also performed in a myriad of bands, including the Soul City Cowboys.
He dedicated a vast majority of his time to giving local musicians of all ages a moment of spotlight. Hosting a show called “Local Exposure” on KGBA College Radio 89.9 FM, Singer played music from the heart of the Missoula community.
The radio station posted on their Facebook page that they will host an on-air memorial service for Singer on Monday, Jan. 6, from noon to 2 p.m.
The post said, “Micki was as asset to this station and the Missoula community. He will be missed.”
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