The victim in Tuesday night’s tragic fatal accident on Old Highway 10 was identified by the Missoula County Coroner’s Office as Lacie Cooper, 16.

Undersheriff Rich Maricelli said the teen’s family resides in Alberton.

Reportedly, the accident occurred when Ms. Cooper and a 16 year-old male friend were driving and thought they had hit something on the road. They stopped and Ms. Cooper exited the vehicle, however, the male driver accidentally placed the vehicle in drive instead of reverse and she was struck. She later died from her injuries.

The investigation into the fatal accident is being conducted by the Montana Highway Patrol.

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