Saturday, January 20, 2018

Two Crow tribal members killed in separate vehicle crashes

A motorcycle crash in Lodge Grass last Wednesday, followed by a car crash north of Pryor Saturday, claimed the lives of two Crow tribal members with connections in Big Horn County. Reports from the Montana Highway Patrol described the incidents.
Victor Nomee Jr., 30, of Lodge Grass died Wednesday at about 5:30 a.m. after his bike tires hit in loose dirt going northbound on the intersection of George Street and 1st Avenue. The report states that he then skidded along the guardrail and hit the end of it, before being thrown from the bike. He died en route to the hospital due to chest injuries.
In the case of Vinnie Dale Red Star, 37, of Billings – born in Pryor – his vehicle was driving northbound on secondary Highway 418 near his hometown. The report states that, “for unknown reasons,” he crossed the highway centerline, before overcorrecting.
The report states the vehicle then slid driver’s side first back across the roadway. It continued across a driveway access, causing it to roll multiple times. Red Star was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled and then the vehicle caught fire. He was dead on arrival.
According to their obituaries, Nomee Jr. was a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan and was a Ties the Bundle child. Red Star was a member of the Greasy Mouth Clan and a child of the Whistling Water Clan.