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Bozeman man charged with vehicular homicide after Rocky Mountain Road crash

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Lucas Keith Johnson, 23, is charged with negligent vehicular homicide. (MTN News photo) Lucas Keith Johnson, 23, is charged with negligent vehicular homicide. (MTN News photo)
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UPDATE: 5/18/17, 11:34 a.m. - 

In justice court Thursday morning, Johnson’s bond was set at $75,000 and he was ordered to level 4 pre-trial services. He is to have no contact with witnesses (other people in the car) or the family of the deceased.

Johnson is from Minnesota and travels back there regularly to work for his dad. He had planned to go back on Sunday for the summer.

Johnson can't leave Montana or Minnesota without permission, if he bonds out he must get scram bracelet immediately and must sign a waiver of extradition before leaving Montana, also must call into Pretrial services weekly if he leaves the state. Johnson was ordered to consume no alcohol or drugs or be in bars. He must also stay in touch with an attorney every other week. His next hearing will be June 2.


A 22-year-old woman is dead and a Bozeman man is behind bars after an early Thursday morning crash on Rocky Mountain Road, north of Belgrade.

Lucas Keith Johnson, 23, is charged with negligent vehicular homicide and will be seen in Gallatin County Justice Court later Thursday morning.

According to charging documents, Johnson was reportedly driving northbound on Rocky Mountain Road, approximately one mile north of Morgan Road, with three passengers when he failed to negotiate a curve and rolled his Chevy Tahoe. Johnson told Montana Highway Patrol troopers he and the other front-seat passenger were wearing seatbelts, but the two passengers in the back seat were not.

Morgan Lee Gaither, 22, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene - CPR was administered by Johnson and another passenger.

Johnson reportedly told investigators that he consumed 4-5 alcoholic beverages prior to the crash, with the last beer consumed at approximately 11:45 p.m. Multiple beer cans were discovered both inside and outside the vehicle.

During an interview at the hospital, a trooper noted Johnson’s breath “smelled strongly of the odor of an alcoholic beverage.” Johnson did consent to a legal blood draw to check BAC.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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