Syndicated by: Montana News
by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Missoula man Daniel Joseph Grady was arrested and charged with Negligent Homicide and failure to remain at an accident scene.
According to LEO reports, on June 17, 2018 Missoula Police and Detectives were dispatched to a possible hit and run that occurred close to the intersection of Shakespeare St and Phillips St.
Missoula Officer Potter was the first Officer to arrive on the scene. Officer Potter spoke to the caller, who identified himself as Christopher Brown. Officer Potter while talking to Christopher Brown observed a female, that was later identified as Rebecca Romero. Her body was on the south side of Phillips St. and it was apparent that Rebecca Romero was deceased.
Officer Potter also observed that Romero had displaced clothing, torn pants and was missing one of her shoes. That shoe was later located in the roadway several feet from her body.
Rebecca Romero suffered from a large contusion on the top right side of her forehead and a large bruise that covered her whole, abdomen area.
Various vehicle debris, were found lying in the roadway and scattered primarily in the eastbound lane of the Phillips St. West of Shakespeare intersection.
It was clear to the Officers that Rebecca Romero had been struck by a vehicle.
Investigator Fullerton made a note that stated he had observed a single tire skid mark which was found in the eastbound lane of Phillips St. The skid mark started just prior to the crosswalk area and then continued down the street for about 60 feet. It was clear to the Investigator that the vehicle was traveling in a West bound direction, but was in the eastbound lane which was the wrong lane for this vehicle to be in.
Judging by the skid mark it was faint at the beginning, but darkened as it lengthened out.
This showed that the vehicle was westbound, but traveling in the eastbound lane.
Eventually the Officers found a 2003 Chevy Silverado with extensive front end damage The vehicle was parked at the Cedar Villa Apartment complex.
After doing more investigation, they were able to determine which apartment the registered owner was in by using the plate number of 5-94842A.
The vehicle was owned by Daniel Grady.
Missoula Detectives and Missoula Officers made contact with Grady at apartment #57 and found also Kyle Carlee, Matthew Miller and Braden Babb inside the apartment with Grady.
Kyle Carlee stated to Officers, that Grady was speeding at the stop sign and he heard something hit the vehicle and then he saw long hair out of the corner of his eye flying by.
Carlee explained to the LEO’s the position of everyone that was sitting in the vehicle. Braden Babb was in the front passenger seat and Matthew Mill was in the rear seat behind Babb. Carlee stated that Daniel Grady never even attempted to stop his vehicle after hitting that woman.
And did not stop until he was at his apartment.
Detective Slater and Detective Lear interviewed Matthew Miller. Miller told the LEO’s that he was in the rear seat of the pickup and that he was on his phone when he heard a “thud” and just assumed Grady ran into the curb. He stated that Grady did not slow down or stop. Miller told the LEO’s that as everyone got back to the apartment, everyone started to cry.
Grady kept telling us to “Chill”
Miller did not believe what had just happened until he heard Carlee state that it was just like the “the movies” and that a woman “went flying”
It was Miller who asked Grady to no call the police. Kyle Carlee was trying to convince Grady to do the right thing and call 911 but Grady refused and Miller was the one who pushed to keep Grady from calling 911.
Braden Babb was blackout drunk, according to what he told Detective Lear, so he could not remember exact details of the evening. He, however does remember messing with the radio station, looking up, and see a female in the crosswalk.
Braden Babb stated that he heard someone say “oh fuck.” He indicated that everyone contemplated on calling the police but no one did.
Daniel Joseph Grady, 25, is originally from the Butte area. Grady has been charged with two felony charges which are: assault with a weapon — after he was arrested on successive nights after confronting two different males about an ex-girlfriend, police said. Grady has a trouble past and a violent temper to go with that troubled past. Those charges date back to June 17, 2017
This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995