Missoula County authorities have identified the man killed in Sunday night’s rollover crash on Interstate 90 as Derek Ross Nelson.
Nelson, 22, of Missoula, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Missoula County deputy coroner.
The driver of the vehicle, Marcus Sickles, 21, was thrown from the vehicle and remains in critical condition at St. Patrick Hospital.
The black Chevy truck involved in the crash was linked to a criminal mischief case that took place in Frenchtown just prior to the crash, according to Detective Jason Johnson, spokesman for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department.
The truck and its occupants were identified and linked to the criminal mischief case by witness descriptions of the two men and the truck, which had a “Metal Militia” sticker in the windshield. The men allegedly attempted to break into a Frenchtown area fireworks stand and had tipped over an outhouse, Johnson said.
It is expected that Sickles will be charged with criminal mischief by the county, but any additional charges resulting from the crash will be filed by the Montana Highway Patrol, Johnson said.
On Tuesday, crash reports had not been transferred to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office for review.
The Highway Patrol reported that the men were eastbound on I-90 Sunday around 11 p.m. when the truck driven by Sickles failed to negotiate a lefthand curve in the road near mile marker 93. The vehicle hit the median and came to rest on its top in the westbound lane.
Neither man was wearing a seat belt. Both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash, Highway Patrol dispatchers said.