Montana woman charged with negligent homicide

Posted at 9:55 AM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 11:55:11-04

BUTTE – A woman has been charged with causing the death of former Butte High School teacher Dan Lean, who died after being hit by a vehicle in December.

Christol Williamson, 55, was charged Wednesday with felony negligent homicide. She is accused of hitting 76-year-old Lean with her vehicle as he was talking his daily walk on Amherst Avenue the morning of Dec. 6.

Williamson was charged in Butte Justice Court and released on her own recognizance.

Charging documents state that Williamson was driving to work east on Amherst just after 6:30 a.m. without her headlights on. Her vehicle hit Lean, who was walking westbound in the parking lane of the street.

Williamson remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with investigators. No citations were issued or arrest made at the time of the incident. The Montana Highway Patrol investigated.

Lean coached basketball and football and taught in the math department at Butte High School for 30 years before retiring in the late 90s.