Independent Record: 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.
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.
Collins released a statement Friday afternoon that gave his version of the incident. more here
h/t Forcibly Deranged.