Woman reaches plea agreement in pedestrian fatal
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) -- A former Hays woman has been given a one-year deferred
sentence for striking and killing an undersheriff as he directed traffic around a
disabled semi-trailer on U.S. Highway 2 east of Chinook last December.
The Blaine County clerk of court says 62-year-old Mary Louise Stewart pleaded
guilty to negligent endangerment Friday. The plea agreement came during her trial
on a charge of negligent homicide in the Dec. 14 death of 54-year-old Pat Pyette.
Clerk of Court Kay O'Brien Johnson said the trial began Monday, but had not
wrapped up when the plea agreement was reached.
Prosecutors argued Stewart was speeding in an emergency area when she struck
Pyette, who was wearing a safety vest, had a flashlight and held a stop sign.