Butte woman charged in the death of retired teacher

Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 18:45:19-04

BUTTE – A 55-year-old woman was charged in the death of a former Butte High teacher, who was killed after being struck by a vehicle in December.

The driver in the incident, Christol Williamson, was charged Wednesday with felony negligent homicide. She is accused of hitting 76-year-old Dan Lean as he was talking his daily walk on Amherst Avenue the morning of Dec. 6th.

Williamson was charged in Butte Justice Court and released on her own recognizance.

Charging documents state Williamson was driving to work east on Amherst just after 6:30 a.m. without her headlights on. She struck Lean, who was walking westbound in the parking lane of the street. Williamson remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated with investigators. No citations were issued or arrest made at the time of the accident. The Montana Highway Patrol investigated.

Lean coached basketball and football and taught in the math department at Butte high for 30 years before retiring in the late 90s.