Driver Facing Charges, Victim Identifed in Fatal Wreck Near Chinook

CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – The victim has been identified and the alleged driver is facing charges after a single-vehicle crash in Blaine County on Saturday evening left one person dead.

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as 19-year-old Payton Jones of Chinook. Jones was ejected from the front passenger seat of a Ford Crown Victoria that rolled over at least 1.5 times on Saturday night on Redrock Road north of Chinook. He was declared dead at the scene.

The driver, 21-year-old Raja Singh of Chinook, is facing pending charges that include vehicular homicide. Other charges include lack of insurance, failure to give notice, leaving the scene of an accident, expired registration and a seatbelt violation. He was not injured in the crash and is currently in the Hill County Detention Center without bond.

The other occupant of the vehicle, a 17-year-old male from Chinook, who was uninjured, is not facing any charges at this time.

None of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.

The crash remains under investigation, and excessive speed and alcohol are suspected factors.

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