8-year-old Seattle boy killed in Montana wrong-way car accident
A Montana TV news station has identified a 8-year-old boy who was killed in Clinton-area car accident as Jacob Gamble of Seattle, Washington. The car accident occurred around 4:30am on Sunday morning near Missoula.
The car accident occurred when Daniel Martin, 33, of Missoula, driving the wrong way on Interstate 90, collided head-on with hit a Honda driven by Dan Klabunde of Seattle. Jacob, Jacob's mother, Charlotte Gamble and her 5-year-old son, Eli were also in the vehicle. The four were traveling to Yellowstone National Park for a family vacation.
Klabundle was seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery for a fractured pelvis, broken femur, broken ribs and damaged vertebrae. The boy's mother and 5-year-old brother were taken to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula where they were treated. The two have since returned to Seattle.
Martin was thrown from his pickup truck and died at the accident scene. The Montana Highway Patrol believes that Martin was intoxicated at the time of the accident and said his driver's license was suspended. Witnesses said he had been driving erratically.
Martin apparently had attended the Testicle Festival at the Rock Creek Lodge prior to the accident. The Highway Patrol says Martin took a truck owned by the lodge and drove approximately six miles on the highway before the accident occurred.
This is a heartbreak story. In reading the story about the accident printed in the Missoulian, it appears that the festival has had a history of inebriated participants. We would recommend that the family of the deceased contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can advise them on filing a wrongful death claim.
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