Havre Woman Charged with Deliberate Homicide for Role in Fatal January Crash

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Havre woman has been charged with deliberate homicide after a Montana Highway Patrol investigation into a fatal crash in January.

Jolee Lyn Landgraf, 29, was charged for her alleged role in a two-vehicle head-on crash on January 18th that killed 73-year-old Loretta Park of Havre.

The crash occurred at around noon on US Highway 2 at mile marker 387, just east of Havre, when an eastbound Dodge Dakota being driven by Landgraf struck a westbound Honda Accord driven by Park head-on.

Park, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of blunt force trauma to the head. Landgraf, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from her vehicle and transported to Northern Montana Hospital for treatment and was subsequently flown to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls.

Court documents state that Landgraf consented to a blood draw. Toxicology reports found that Landgraf had amphetamine, methamphetamine, lidocaine and THC in her system at the time of the crash.

Trooper Matt Erickson interviewed Landgraf at Northern Montana Hospital. Court documents state that Landgraf told Erickson she purposely swerved into oncoming traffic. Erickson asked Landgraf to clarify, and she repeated that she purposely swerved into oncoming traffic.

Landgraf was served with a warrant on the morning of March 26th and was transported to the the Hill County Detention Center, where she is being held on $500,000 bond.

Landgraf’s arraignment was scheduled for 9:30 AM on March 29th in Hill County District Court, but has been moved to April 19th at 9:30 AM. This is because, according to the defense team, Landgraf recently underwent an emergency, non-elective surgery in Great Falls, making her unavailable for Monday’s hearing.

This post has been updated following Monday morning’s court hearing

2 Comments

  1. I’m angry snd sad. She needlessly took the life of my best friend from childhood. I live in California now, but we talked all the time. I miss those call so much. What a shame she chose drugs to be a part of her life that caused her to want to take her life and ultimately a wonderful woman, mother, wife and my dearest friend.

  2. This story is so hard to believe! It may have been a cry for help but taking the life to save your own life is horrible. I feel so bad for Mrs. Park’s family but I also feel sad for Landgraf’s family. The history of this story will be never forgotten by her family. Drugs and alcohol abuse not only hurt the drug abuser’s but also the drug abuser’s family and death is final. There will never be a justification for taking a life to save your own.

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