Hit and Run Incident Kills 10 Year-Old Boy in Hamilton
UPDATE:10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7
The suspect in Sunday afternoon's fatal hit and run incident was taken into custody on Sunday evening. Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton issued the following press release:
'Ravalli County Sheriff / Coroner Steve Holton said that the suspect in a hit and run fatality was apprehended at a house in Hamilton on Sunday evening. Sheriff Holton said 59-year-old Joseph McNamara was taken into custody by the Ravalli county sheriff's office, Montana Highway Patrol, and Hamilton Police Department. McNamara was remanded to the Ravalli County Detention Center for the offense of negligent homicide in the hit and run death of the unidentified 10-year-old Hamilton boy. Information learned during a traffic stop led to locating McNamara at a residence in Hamilton. The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the hit and run and will release further details as the investigation proceeds.'
UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. Sunday. July 7
Sergeant Scott Bennett with the Montana Highway Patrol confirmed late Sunday afternoon that a 10 year-old boy was struck and killed in a hit and run incident just after 1:00 p.m. on Golf Course Road near Hamilton.
The suspect, 53 year-old Joseph McNamara, who had left the scene, was still at large as of 5:00 p.m., and Sgt. Bennett said McNamara has had numerous run ins with law enforcement over the years. Bennett said friends of McNamara told authorities that he had been drinking prior to the incident, but could not confirmed that he was legally drunk at the time.
The name of the boy was not released.