Driver faces 4 counts
negligent homicide
in fatal accident


January 11, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana


Michelle Lee Herd, 26, of Granite Falls, Washington, was charged last Tuesday with four counts of negligent homicide in the death of four members of a Swan Valley family three days after Christmas.

Herd, who admitted to being tired and accustomed to freeway driving, was driving east in the left hand lane on a Highway 83 curve west of Potomac when the full size pickup she and her sister were in slammed head-on with an older model Vokswagen Beetle whose passengers were a mother, her two daughters and a son from Lindbergh Lake in Swan Valley.

Herd was rushing to Great Falls where her mother was in a hospital and not expected to live long.

Stacy Good, 53, her daughters Kilty Good, 22, Arundel Good, 18, and a son, Tully Good, 13, were headed to Missoula and Snowbowl on a skiing holiday. Arundel Good was driving. The Volkswagen burst into flames, but the Good family was killed by the impact of the collision, tests revealed.

The victims are survived by the father and husband, Kerry Good, and his four sons Kayl 25, Bo 24, Davy, 20, and Hugh 15.

Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set bail in no amount at the request of Kerry Good and the felony case will be transferred to district court for hearing.

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