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Teen driver of stolen Missoula vehicle dies after jumping into river

Posted at 11:21 AM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 13:31:21-04

MISSOULA – The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office reports that the driver of a stolen vehicle who jumped into the river Tuesday morning has died.

The coroner has identified the victim as a 16-year-old male from Sanders County. Members of the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting the coroner’s investigation.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett says the incident began at around 7:30 a.m. when authorities received reports of a stolen vehicle.

Bassett says that when the stolen vehicle was located near the 1400 block of East Broadway it was stopped.

Four people were in the vehicle; three were detained while one jumped in the river. The teen who jumped into the river was taken to St. Patrick Hospital, where he later died.