GREAT FALLS — Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner Jesse Slaughter on Thursday identified Shala Castle as the woman who died in a motorcycle crash on Saturday, November 13, 2021.
The crash happened in Sun Prairie near the the intersection of Jefferson Street and Grant Avenue at about 6:35 p.m.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, Castle was heading east on Jefferson Street at a "high rate of speed."
The MHP says Castle "laid the motorcycle" onto its left side and it slid off the right edge of the road, hitting wooden curbing and a steel post.
Castle was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene. The MHP says that she was not wearing a helmet.
Sheriff Slaughter said that alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, and a toxicology kit was submitted to the state crime lab.
Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, and the manner of death was accidental, according to Sheriff Slaughter.