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Fatal Hamilton hit-and-run suspect charged with negligent homicide


HAMILTON – A man is facing negligent homicide charges after a 10-year-old boy died in a Sunday afternoon hit-and-run incident in Hamilton.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says that Joseph McNamara, 59, was arrested in a Hamilton home on Sunday evening. McNamara is now being held in the Ravalli County jail.

Sheriff Holton says Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Montana Highway Patrol troopers, Hamilton Police officers, US Forest Service law enforcement, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Marshal’s Service worked together to find McNamara.

Information obtained during a traffic stop led to locating McNamara at a residence in Hamilton after a six hour search.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the hit and run and will release further details as the investigation proceeds.

Sheriff Holton thanked everyone who called in with tips and information on the suspect and called attention to the excellent work done by the cooperating law enforcement agencies to quickly locate and arrest the suspect.

“The strong investigative work and partnerships between all of the assisting agencies is what brought the suspect into custody so quickly,” Sheriff Holton said.

He also thanked the news agencies for broadcasting the information, and the community for responding with tips and information.

(first report)

HAMILTON – Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the suspect in a fatal hit-and- run in Hamilton.

Law enforcement located Joseph McNamara, 59, at a home in Hamilton.

McNamara was booked in the Ravalli County jail just after 8 p.m. Sunday and is charged with negligent homicide in the fatal crash that occurred on Golf Course Road at approximately 1 p.m.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton tells MTN News that the victim, who died in the incident, was a 10-year-old boy.

The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

This is a developing story.

Kent Luetzen

Kent Luetzen

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