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Deer Lodge bicyclist dies after being hit by vehicle

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Nov 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-24 10:52:01-05

DEER LODGE – Daniel Cavanaugh died on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, after being hit by a hit-and-run driver, who later turned himself in to authorities.

Lane Fortner of Deer Lodge, 26 years old, faces charges of negligent homicide, criminal endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, according to Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles.

Fortner remains jailed as of Wednesday.

Sheriff Roselles said 76-year-old Cavanaugh was hit by a vehicle while walking his bicycle across the intersection at Main Street and College Avenue at about 6:30 p.m.

Cavanaugh was taken to Deer Lodge Medical Center where he died.

Fortner was driving north on Main Street when he allegedly struck the Cavanaugh and drove away from the scene, the sheriff said.

Fortner turned himself in to police about 30 minutes after the incident, Roselles said.

Investigators suspect the driver was distracted by using his cell phone at the time of the incident.

Cavanaugh was a beloved figure in the Deer Lodge community, according to the sheriff. He was affectionately referred to as “Dan the Can Man,” because he often rode around Deer Lodge on his bicycle collecting cans.