Posted: Apr 22, 2012 11:33 AM by Tara Oster (KPAX News)
Updated: Apr 23, 2012 10:02 PM
BIGFORK- A 51-year-old Kalispell woman who crashed her car near Bigfork around 1 a.m. Saturday did not seek immediate medical attention died later that afternoon in her sleep.
The Montana Highway Patrol told Montana's News Station the woman was driving south on Foothill Road at a high rate of speed when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Her vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a cable box, a barbed wire fence and several trees.
Trooper Jason Fetterhoff said the woman slept in her vehicle and then left the scene sometime in the morning and began walking. Fetterhoff said the woman was picked up by a passing motorist who took her to a nearby café where she called her mother.
The woman and her mother then went to her mother's home. Trooper Fetterhoff said the woman told her mother she did not want to go to the hospital and just wanted to sleep.
Fetterhoff said the woman then passed away in her sleep. He added an autopsy will be performed soon to determine the exact cause of death.
The woman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but it's unknown if alcohol played a factor.