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St. Ignatius man accused of negligent homicide

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Posted at 6:26 AM, Nov 22, 2022

POLSON – A man from St. Ignatius is being accused of negligent homicide in connection with the Sunday death of a 17-year-old in Lake County.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says 911 dispatchers received a report that an injured and unconscious male had been found on the road near Mission Dam by his family at approximately 3 a.m.

The family put the injured boy in their vehicle and met with EMS in St. Ignatius where it was determined that David Hammer Jr. of St. Ignatius had passed away.

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Deputies responded to investigate the incident. Sheriff Bell says a daylong investigation resulted in the arrest of 18-year-old Tommy Mahseelah of St. Ignatius.

Mahseelah was taken to the Lake County jail where he was booked on charges of negligent homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

The victim’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner so that an autopsy and a further investigation can be conducted.