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Butte motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run crash, suspect identified

Posted: 5:36 PM, May 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-10 19:51:11-04

BUTTE – It was near the intersection of Dewey Boulevard and Lexington Avenue, just before 2 o’clock in the morning Friday, when a 41-year-old Butte man on a motorcycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Police have identified the suspected driver of the Subaru as 41-year-old Marcus Sepulveda of Butte.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call police at 497-1120.

Police have identified the suspected driver of the Subaru as 41-year-old Marcus Sepulveda of Butte.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

“The victim was treated by Butte Fire Rescue and A-1 Ambulance and transported to St. James HealthCare and he was pronounced deceased shortly after he arrived at the medical facility,” said Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.

By that afternoon, investigators located the black 2014 Subaru XV, that they suspect was involved in the fatal accident. Butte police, along with the Montana Highway Patrol, spent the day trying to determine how the incident occurred by seeking security video in the area.

“We have information prior to the accident, both vehicles were traveling westbound on Dewey Boulevard, so we’re going to work with businesses all the way from Harrison Avenue west to the accident scene and even in the area afterward to see if we can get a glimpse of either or both the vehicles prior to or after the accident,” said Lester.

Investigators say that after the motorcycle was struck, the driver of the 2014 Subaru left the scene by traveling north on Lexington Avenue.

“Again, I think it would be best if the operator of that vehicle would contact us as quickly as possible so we can get their version of how the accident occurred,” said Lester.

The sheriff added that anyone aiding the driver in this incident could also face criminal charges. As of Friday evening, police continue to look for the driver of the Subaru and have not released the identity of the victim.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.