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Missoula police identify victim in motorcycle fatality

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Missoula police update details in motorcycle fatality. (NBC Montana image)
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The Missoula County sheriff and coroner identified 68-year-old Gerald R. Nichols, a Missoula resident, as the victim in Monday's fatal accident on SW Higgins Avenue.

Nichols succumbed to his injuries after being taken to the hospital.

“This kind of tragedy is one that is felt in the entire community,” said Missoula Police Chief Jaeson White. “Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased driver and ask for your patience as we complete this investigation.”

NBC Montana received the following press release from the Missoula Police Department Tuesday morning:

On March 1, 2021, at approximately 4:42 PM the Missoula Police Department responded to a collision in the 900 block of S.W. Higgins Ave, between a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle.

The cyclist, a 68-year-old male, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died.

The driver of the passenger vehicle is identified as an 18-year-old female who is participating in the investigation.

MPD Detectives were called to the scene, and have begun to interview witnesses and examine evidence.

If you were witness to this incident, and have not yet spoken to police, please contact Detective Eric Weber at (406) 552-6283, or Detective Bob Franke at (406) 552-6707.

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