Birdtail, Marissa: Killed when SUV hits bike

Great Falls, Montana (AP) 5-08

A 5-year-old girl was killed when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle as she crossed Harlem’s Main Street on her bike, authorities said.

Marissa Lynn Birdtail suffered head injuries in a May 4 accident and was taken to Indian Health Services on the Fort Belknap Reservation, where she was pronounced dead.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Ohl said a 59-year-old Harlem woman was driving the SUV at the 25 mph speed limit when the accident occurred.

“It was a pretty simple crash with pretty tragic consequences,” he said Monday.

The Blaine County attorney will review the accident, but a citation is not expected to be issued.