Mother, son killed in I-15 wreck Friday identified

2014-03-15T00:00:00Z 2014-04-03T20:39:35Z Mother, son killed in I-15 wreck Friday identifiedThe Montana Standard Montana Standard
March 15, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The mother and son who were killed Friday morning in a one-vehicle accident on I-15 near Melrose have been identified.

Heather Ann Ferguson, 42, and James Grady Hawkins, 15, both of Bozeman, were killed when the white Chevrolet Suburban one of Ferguson’s children was driving flipped multiple times.

Lori Durkin, Butte-Silver Bow deputy coroner, said Ferguson was killed by blunt force trauma and Hawkins was killed after being thrown from the vehicle. Hawkins was not wearing his seatbelt and Ferguson was wearing hers improperly.

Ferguson was a passenger in the front seat, while Hawkins was sitting in a bench seat in the back of the 2004 Suburban.

Three other children were taken to St. James Healthcare where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, said Cody Ruane, a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol. An 11-year-old girl was flown to the Butte hospital in a helicopter. Two of her siblings, the 16-year-old driver and a 13-year-old girl, were taken by ambulance. The three children were wearing their seat belts.

The three children have been discharged from St. James.

The driver, a 16-year-old boy, was distracted by something in the vehicle at the time of the wreck at about 10 a.m. Ruane said the SUV drifted off the left side of the road and the driver overcorrected three times. The southbound vehicle then rolled three or four times.

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