State police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a car outside of Havre.
The Hill County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 4:18 a. m. Saturday from a caller near Fort Assinniboine on U. S. Highway 87, who said that a man was “jumping at traffic on highway. ”
Near that same time, the Montana Highway Patrol report says 4:11 a. m., the young man, 20-year-old Havre man Cody Boucher, either walked or ran in front of an oncoming vehicle, driven by 35-year-old Wenatchee, Wash., man, Jesus Hernandez-Muniz.
The driver told police he swerved but was unable to avoid the pedestrian
Boucher was declared dead at the scene.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Baker said the investigation continues. He needs to round up and interview a few more people before he can definitively say what Boucher was doing walking along the highway in front of cars.
Hernandez-Muniz stuck around briefly to give his statement before continuing his trip to visit his family in Washington for the holidays. Baker said Hernandez-Muniz was “physically unharmed but emotionally, he wasn’t doing too well. ”
The details of the incident should become clear in the next few days, Baker said.