Flathead Region

Aug 27, 2012 6:55 PM by Dax Van Fossen (Kalispell)

Man hit by 2 cars near Kalispell was trying to spark "Bigfoot sighting"

A man dressed as Bigfoot was killed after being struck by two different cars on Sunday evening on Highway 93 south of Kalispell.

The Flathead County Coroner has identified the victim as Randy Lee Tenley of Kalispell, 44 years old.

According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider, Tenley was wearing a military-style Ghillie suit and was trying to provoke a "bigfoot sighting" in Kalispell.

Schneider says the information was obtained after interviewing friends who were nearby.

Schneider told us that Tenley was first struck by a vehicle driven by a 15 year old Somers girl in the right southbound lane who couldn't get out of the way fast enough to avoid striking him.

Tenley was then struck by a vehicle driven by a 17 year old Somers girl as his body lay on the highway.

Schneider said, "The mechanics of the crash, everything of that nature, you know that stuff doesn't change. It's still a crash involving vehicles and a pedestrian. So we're still doing the same investigation, but once we started speaking to parties, then someone involved in it, trying to ascertain exactly what brought that gentleman out to Highway 93...I would not guess that would motivate anybody to be out on highway 93."

Schneider says that they are awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol may have been a factor in Tenley's behavior.

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