- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Big Horn County erred in dismissing the wrongful death case of a man who died from injuries sustained in a crash after a high-speed chase.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2axiQ0z ) Kenneth Woody IV’s estate submitted a claim letter in 2014 alleging the county was responsible for his 2011 death. The estate followed up with a lawsuit six months later after county commissioners didn’t respond to the letter.

The state high court’s decision Tuesday reverses a lower court ruling in December that dismissed the case on the grounds that the three-year statute of limitation expired.

The justices faulted the county for failing to respond promptly to the initial claim letter.

Woody had been the passenger in a vehicle that crashed after leading authorities on a chase near Hardin.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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