- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to fatally striking a woman in a southwestern Montana hit-and-run while under the influence of drugs.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/1WDztYc ) that 50-year-old Donald Welborn Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony vehicular homicide while under the influence of methamphetamine as part of a plea deal. He had previously denied the charge.

Prosecutors say the Lima man struck and killed 32-year-old Mary Elizabeth Merino on Interstate 15 north of Dillon in October 2015. Merino had abandoned her car after striking a guardrail and had been walking along the highway when she was hit.

Welborn had initially reported to authorities he thought he had hit an elk that night and was unaware he struck a person.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, https://www.mtstandard.com


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