Cody Swan Jackson of Browning appeared in federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and attempted witness tampering.
The charges stem from a crash in December 2016 that happened on U.S. Highway 2 between East Glacier Park and Browning. The crash claimed the life of a person identified in court documents only as "E.B."
The court documents state that Jackson "committed an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, namely reckless driving, and that unlawful act was the proximate cause of the unlawful killing of E.B."
In addition, Jackson is charged with trying to persuade two people to not talk to law enforcement officers about the incident.
He reportedly asked them to lie to law enforcement about who was driving during the crash, "with the intent to hinder, delay, and prevent the communication to a law enforeement officer of information relating to the possible commission of a federal offense."
The trial has been scheduled for January 8, 2018.
(DECEMBER 12, 2016) One person is dead and two others were injured after a rollover crash between East Glacier and Browning early Sunday morning.
Montana Highway Patrol responded to the crash near mile marker 214 on US Highway 2 just before 1 a.m.
The vehicle was eastbound when it drifted off the right side of the road and continued on the shoulder for a short distance, going through a fence before falling down a steep embankment. The vehicle then rolled at least once; one man was thrown from the vehicle in the crash.
He died at the scene; his name has not yet been released. The man was not wearing a seatbelt, it is unknown if the other two people were.
The injured occupants were taken to Indian Health Services in Browning; the nature and extent of their injuries has not been disclosed.
At this time it is unknown who was driving the vehicle.
Road conditions at the time of the crash were snow-packed and icy.
Speed, alcohol, and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash, but MHP is still investigating.
We will update you as more information becomes available.