Marion woman pleads not guilty to negligent homicide, theft
A Marion woman is accused of stealing a car in Kalispell before being involved a fatal car wreck with it later in Pablo.
Lease Sierra Moore, 18, entered a plea of not guilty in District Court at Polson on April 1, to felony charges of negligent homicide and theft.
According to court records, on Sept. 30, emergency services were paged to the report of a fatal car wreck along U.S. Highway 93 in Pablo. Several witnesses at the scene told investigators that they saw a small white car pass them at a high rate of speed while weaving through traffic. The white car was seen running a red light at the intersection with Clairmont Road before hitting a vehicle that was turning onto U.S. Highway 93. The vehicle was hit with such force that its driver was thrown out. The ejected driver was transported to St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula where she later died. The driver of the white care was identified as Moore. The white car she was driving was a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. It had been reported stolen from the parking lot of The Blue and White Motel in Kalispell early that morning.
An investigation of the scene showed the Alero left a skid mark that measured 172 feet long. Internal data of the Alero showed it was traveling 98 miles per hour prior to breaking and was likely traveling about 65 miles per hour at the time of impact. The data corroborated witness accounts of the crash.
Clothing worn by Moore matched the clothing of the suspect seen in video surveillance at The Blue and White Motel stealing the Oldsmobile vehicle.
Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher set the case for trial on Oct. 25. Moore remains at liberty.