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Billings motorcyclist killed in late-night crash

A Billings man is dead and another was apprehended by the police after a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred earlier in the month near the town of Laurel. The 40-year-old man died when his motorcycle was rammed by a car on Old Highway 10 East. The man had been driving near East Maryland Lane at the time of the accident, according to authorities.

The crash happened during the early morning hours on a recent Saturday, with the 911 call coming in at about 12:40 a.m., according to call logs. Officers found the non-responsive man on the side of the road and began performing CPR. Emergency responders arrived from the Laurel Volunteer Ambulance service and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers said that the suspect, who had been driving a Honda Accord, drove away from the scene before police arrived. The vehicle was located at an address in Laurel later that morning, and the suspect in the case was arrested. He reportedly turned himself in for the hit-and-run accident at about 7:15 a.m., according to official reports.

As police continue to investigate the accident, the 22-year-old man has been charged with various offenses, including vehicular homicide.

Officers have said that the suspect was likely speeding on the road, which has a speed limit of about 60 mph. It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the crash as well, since the suspect had fled the scene about seven hours before turning himself in. All of the factors in this case will be crucial in understanding exactly what happened in this case. The information may also help the deceased man's family determine whether they plan to file a civil suit against the young driver.

Source: Billings Gazette, "Motorcycle driver killed in crash with car near Laurel," June 9, 2012

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