MISSOULA, Mont. — The Latest on a man charged with negligent homicide after a weekend crash (all times local):
Missoula County officials have released the names of two people who were killed in a weekend rollover crash after a passenger in a shuttle van reportedly grabbed the steering wheel, causing the driver to lose control.
The coroner’s office says the crash Saturday night near Bonner killed 33-year-old Vannessa Anderson and 36-year-old Donny Barlow, both of Missoula.
James William Bayford was charged Monday with two counts of negligent homicide. His bail was set at $200,000 during a hearing Justice Court on Monday. He also is charged with criminal endangerment for injuries to others in the vehicle.
KGVO-AM reports the vehicle was a shuttle transporting patrons to and from the Testy Fest near Clinton to help prevent drunken driving crashes. The annual event is centered around music, drinking and eating Rocky Mountain oysters — which are beer-battered and deep fried bull testicles.
A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide for reportedly grabbing the steering wheel of a shuttle vehicle on Interstate 90 in western Montana, causing a rollover crash that killed two people and injured seven.
James William Bayford was booked into jail late Saturday. Records say he also faces a criminal endangerment charge. He was scheduled to appear in Justice Court Monday afternoon.
KGVO-AM reports (bit.ly/2fn5AxF) the vehicle was a shuttle that was transporting customers to and from a popular weekend festival in Bonner to help prevent drunken driving crashes.
The Montana Highway Patrol says it is believed Bayford grabbed the steering wheel, causing the driver to lose control. The crash at about 8 p.m. Saturday killed a 33-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, both from Missoula. Their names have not been released.