3 dead in 2 vehicle crashes

Maureen Dawes
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Two pedestrians were killed early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 451 near Wyola, Montana Highway Patrol officials said.

The one-vehicle accident occurred around midnight near mile marker 31.

A Silver Ford F-250 traveling north struck the pedestrians, Melanie DeCrane, 41, of Pryor, and Darrell Left Hand, 44, of Wyola, about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The 19-year-old driver from Sundance, Wyoming, was not injured.

According to Montana Highway Patrol the driver stated he did not see DeCrane or Left Hand on the roadway.

Alcohol, drugs and speed are not considered factors in the case.

On June 23 a Jeep Commander driven by a 32-yearold Hardin woman was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 1 near Pryor when the vehicle went off the road, tripped on its wheels and began to roll, MHP officials said.

Jolyn Pretty Woman was identified as the driver by the Big Horn County Coroner’s office.

The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. near mile marker 12.

Officials said Pretty Woman was ejected from the Jeep Commander as it rolled and was pinned under the SUV when it came to a stop.

Pretty Woman was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle and alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash, MHP officials said.