May 25, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Helena mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Wilmot Collins is accused of rear-ending another driver’s vehicle and leaving the scene of the crash.
Collins, 55, is being charged with misdemeanor counts of careless driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Kimberly Doherty, a 35-year-old Butte woman, reported a hit-and-run crash around 6:42 p.m. Monday. Doherty told Helena police she was driving southbound on Last Chance Gulch before stopping to turn left onto Lyndale Avenue, when she was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Collins.
Doherty told police she pulled over as Collins continued west on Lyndale. She later told the Independent Record she followed him while honking her horn, and they both pulled into the Van’s Thriftway parking lot in the 300 block of Euclid Avenue.
Collins provided his business card to Doherty and then left, police reported. Doherty told the Independent Record she waited in the Van’s parking lot for around an hour before Helena police officers arrived to take her statement.
Police met with Collins later that night, and the case was forwarded to the Lewis and Clark County Attorney’s Office due to a conflict of interest with the Helena City Attorney’s Office. The County Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Collins, who was instructed to appear in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 28.
Both vehicles had minor damage and no injuries were reported, police reported.
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