Downtown Helena pedestrian-involved fatal crash victim identified as V.A. doctor

Fatal Crash
Posted at 1:37 PM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-23 20:57:49-04

HELENA — Lewis and Clark Sheriff-Coroner Leo Dutton has released the name of the individual that died in a pedestrian-involved fatal crash on Tuesday, Sept. 21 in downtown Helena.

The victim was Dr. Christopher Muenzen, a 66-year-old man from New Jersey. Muenzen was a physician who was working at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center.

Shortly after 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision in the area of 5th Avenue and Rodney Street.

Helena Police say a 2018 Chevy Silverado, driven by a 36-year-old male, was attempting to back up. The driver did not see Muenzen walking behind the vehicle and struck him.

“The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. The manner is accident,” said Dutton in a press release.

At this time Helena Police say tt does not appear that alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.

The members of the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office offer their condolences to the family.