HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Jolee Lyn Landgraf of Havre, born in 1992, has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence based on accusations that she drove head-on into another car, killing the driver, 73-year-old Loretta Park of Havre.
The crash occurred at around noon on January 18th at mile marker 387 on US Highway 2, when Landgraf’s eastbound Dodge Dakota struck Park’s westbound Honda Accord head-on.
Court documents allege that toxicology reports proved that Landgraf had numerous drugs in her system at the time of the crash, including lidocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC.
In the plea agreement, Landgraf admitted to the following:
On January 18, 2021, at approximately 1222 hours, I drove my silver
Dodge Dakota pickup eastbound, toward Chinook and up what is locally
referred to as “Pork Chop Hill,” on Highway 2 at Mile Marker 387, within
Hill County, Montana. At this location I attempted to pass an also
eastbound semi tractor trailer near the “No Passing” Zone in front of me
and collided head-on with a westbound vehicle, a black Honda Accord,
driven by Loretta Park, negligently causing her death. At the time of the
collision I was driving under the influence of multiple drugs, including
amphetamine, methamphetamine, lidocaine, and THC, which either
alone, or in combination, rendered me impaired and unable to operate a
motor vehicle safely.
Landgraf was initially charged with deliberate homicide, but that was amended pursuant to the plea agreement.
Sentencing is set for November 22nd.
The plea agreement says the state will recommend a sentence of 30 years, 10 suspended with the Montana State Women’s Prison, with a parole restriction of 20 years.
Judge Olivia Rieger is not required to abide by the recommendations of the plea agreement.