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No charges filed in Missoula fatal pedestrian accident

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The fatal accident happened on Reserve Street near South Avenue on Sept. 7. (MTN News/Melissa Rafferty photo) The fatal accident happened on Reserve Street near South Avenue on Sept. 7. (MTN News/Melissa Rafferty photo)

MISSOULA - No charges will be filed against a Missoula driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in September.

Missoula Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh says that the investigation from the Sept. 7 fatal accident revealed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross Reserve Street against a “Don’t Walk” signal in the dark, wearing dark clothing.

Welsh says the 25-year-old driver of Missoula was heading northbound on Reserve Street at or below the posted speed limit around 4:42 a.m. on Sept. 7. 

Welsh reports the driver had a green light at the intersection of South Avenue and proceeded northbound.

Just north of the intersection, an adult male, 39-year-old Shane Madsen of Missoula, attempted to cross Reserve Street perpendicular to Reserve Street traffic. The pedestrian was struck by the northbound vehicle and died at the scene.

Welsh says there is no evidence to show the driver was operating his vehicle in an unlawful manner, and that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the accident.

But he says there is evidence that Madsen was in the roadway illegally, having attempted to cross Reserve St. against a “Don’t Walk” signal.

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