A teenager was killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon. Montana Highway Patrol said the crash occurred on Highway 89 just north of Wilsall. The crash victim was later identified as Lilli Auger, 16, a resident of Wilsall.
Montana Highway Patrol stated that Auger was the only person involved in the crash. Scott Hamilton, the Park County Sheriff, said it appears that Auger lost control of her 2003 Dodge Dakota near the 24-mile marker and went off the road. Evidence suggests that she overcorrected and swerved a number of times before overturning her Dakota and tumbling into the ravine below. Since she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, she was ejected from the truck and was likely killed upon impact.
Medics from Clyde Park appeared on scene 8 minutes after the crash was first reported. They pronounced her dead upon arriving at the scene. Montana Highway Patrol does not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash. Instead they believe inexperienced driving skills are to blame.
“When it’s a child, it’s heartbreaking,” Sheriff Hamilton said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and the emergency responders.”
The crash is having a profound impact on Auger’s peers at Shields Valley High School, where Auger played volleyball and basketball, and was known to be popular. School Superintendent Billi Taylor has made additional counseling hours available to grieving students.
“She was a very kind-hearted young lady,” said Superintendent Taylor, “strong and independent.”
Auger’s death marks the 34th road fatality in Montana during 2018.
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