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The driver of a pickup involved in a fatal crash on Harrison Avenue in December has been cited for speeding and not wearing a seat belt, but an investigation found no serious charges were warranted.

The driver was cited in Butte Justice Court on Tuesday for driving 51 mph in a 45-mph zone. That and the alleged seat-belt violation are minor offenses that only carry fines.

The wreck occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 when 32-year-old Cole Davis and his wife pulled out of the Copper King Hotel and Convention Center parking lot onto Harrison Avenue. A pickup driving southbound on Harrison hit their car.

Davis died at the scene and his wife, the pickup driver and a passenger in his truck were taken to St. James Healthcare.

The driver was not cited at the scene, but authorities for Butte-Silver Bow investigated the crash and prosecutors determined recently that no serious charges were warranted.

Felony charges were filed against a Jefferson County man who was driving a Suburban and struck a Highway Patrol car that was on the scene of the previous fatal crash.

Mikel Solomon, 18, pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment last week and was given a six-year deferred sentence. He also admitted being drunk at the time and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI, and as part of a plea agreement and sentence, he must pay $18,164 for the wrecked patrol car.

While emergency personnel were on the scene of the first crash, Solomon smashed into the patrol car, prosecutors say. A police officer had to run to avoid being hit.

Two other males, both age 16, were in the Suburban and were injured in the crash. A blood test showed Solomon’s blood-alcohol level at three times the legal limit, according to the charging document.


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