Wilsall teenager killed in rollover accident on U.S. 89 North

Nate Howard

Tire tracks are painted for investigative purposes on U.S. Highway 89 where a local teenage girl died in a motor vehicle accident north of Wilsall Monday afternoon.

A teenage girl died as a result of an accident Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 89 north of Wilsall.  

Park County Coroner Al Jenkins identified the victim as Lilli Auger, 16, of Wilsall.

Auger was the sole occupant of the 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup when it veered off the road at mile marker 24, according to Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton. 

Hamilton said Auger was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, which settled 100 to 200 feet below road grade, near Potter Creek. 

No guardrail exists where the vehicle left the road. 

Clyde Park paramedics arrived at the scene eight minutes after the call came in at 5:10 p.m. said Hamilton. 

Jenkins said no alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident. 

According to Jenkins, investigators suspect driving inexperience and speed were factors. 

“Anytime someone is killed, it’s tragic. When it’s a child, it’s heartbreaking,” Hamilton said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and the emergency responders.”

Counselors at Shields Valley High School, where Auger attended as a sophomore, are available for students, said School Superintendent Billi Taylor. 

“She was a very kind-hearted young lady, strong and independent,” Taylor said of Auger. 

She played volleyball and basketball at the school and is a member of FFA. 

Responders included the Wilsall and Clyde Park volunteer fire departments and paramedics, Park County Sheriff’s Department and Montana Highway Patrol, which leads the investigation. 

According to the Montana Department of transportation, as of April 23, 2018, 29 lives have been lost compared to 37 fatalities for this same time in 2017.