Posted: Sep 8, 2013 7:51 PM by KBZK News
Updated: Sep 9, 2013 8:07 PM
An early morning rollover killed a former Twin Bridges High School Football star as the group was returning from a bon fire.
19-year-old Michael Pfertsh was a receiver for the Twin Bridges Falcons.
He was killed around 3 a.m. on Sunday when the 1990 Nissan pickup he was riding in the bed of, rolled.
Madison County Coroner Roger Thompson said the truck was traveling eastbound on Melrose road and came around a corner too fast as the driver failed to negotiate a turn.
The truck veered off the road and the rig rolled over for three-quarters of the way, before it came to rest on the driver's side.
Pfertsh was ejected and then pinned beneath the truck.
There were four people -two males and two females- in the front of the single-cab of the truck who sustained non-life threatening injuries.
They pulled Pfertsh out from under the truck and administered artificial resuscitation but he died at the scene, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Mitch Voss, said.
Thompson said both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
The names of the 20-year-old male driver and other passengers have not been released yet.
Neither Pfertsh not any of the passengers were known to be wearing seat-belts or other restraints.
Voss said that even though the other four passengers were not ejected, like Pfertsh, they were lucky they escaped severe injuries.
Thompson said the four were taken to Ruby Valley Hospital in Sheridan in an ambulance after which two of them were taken to St James Healthcare in Butte. The extent of their injuries is currently unknown.
Montana Highway Patrol is still investigating and at this time no charges have been filed. MHP may file charges once their investigation is complete.