The driver suspected of being responsible for a hit-and-run resulting in a motorcyclist’s death has been found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near the city of Deer Lodge, according to Anaconda law enforcement.
Anaconda-Deer Lodge Police Chief Tim Barkell said Saturday that officers in the Smelter City received a call from Butte police Friday night reporting that a woman had located Marcus Sepulveda at the Racetrack Campground, about 11 miles south of the city of Deer Lodge.
Barkell said Anaconda police arrived around 10 p.m. at the campground, where they found Sepulveda’s truck. About 50 yards away, they discovered the man inside a tent deceased, Barkell said.
Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester said in a Saturday-morning press release that Anaconda authorities are “investigating the matter.”
“The events of yesterday are a tragedy for our entire community,” said Lester in a written statement.
Sepulveda was suspected of hitting and killing a 41-year-old male motorcyclist while driving a 2014 Subaru and fleeing the scene.
The alleged hit-and-run occurred on Dewey Boulevard just east of Lexington Avenue at 1:53 a.m. Friday.
Both vehicles were reportedly traveling westbound when the car struck the motorcycle.
Lester said Friday there's no suggestion or information "either way" as to whether the victim and the Subaru driver knew each other.
The male adult rider of the motorcycle was treated by fire rescue and ambulance personnel who arrived on the scene and was transported to St. James Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Midday Friday, Butte police released a statement indicating they suspected Sepulveda may have been the hit-and-run driver. Police urged the driver to turn himself in and the public to call police with any information on his whereabouts.