GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                               Monday, February 23, 1998

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CHINOOK 17-YEAR OLD DIES IN ROLLOVER

by tribune staff

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  A 17-year-old Chinook man died in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday in Blaine County, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

  Levi Westley Baird was pronounced dead as he was being transported by ambulane to the hospital.

  Speed was a likely factor in the accident, said Sgt. Greg Szudera, who estimated Baird was traveling between 80 and 90 mph at 12:19 a.m., when the crash occurred.

  "Right now we're looking at speed and other suspicious causes, " Szudera said. He declined to elaborate on the "suspicious causes".

  The teen was driving a 1985 Ford pickup south on Secondary Road 240, 23 miles south of Chinook, whwn he lost control, the patrol said.

  The vehicle drifted off to the right on a slight curve. Baird corrected and got back onto the road, but then overcorrected and lost control. The vehicle rolled into the ditch and Baird was ejected.

  A passing motorist discovered the wreck a few minutes later. He drove to a bar at Cleveland about 1 1/2 miles away and had 9-1-1 called.

  The fatal accident was the 27th in the state this year. In 1997, there were 17 fatalities on Montana highways at this point in the year.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                    Monday, February 23, 1998

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CHINOOK YOUTH KILLED

  CHINOOK (AP) - Levi Westley Baird, 17, of Chinook was killed about 12 a.m. Sunday when his pickup truck overturned south of this Blaine County town, the Highway Patrol reported.

  Baird was thrown out of the truck when it overturned several times on state highway 240 about 23 miles south of Chinook, the patrol said. The truck drifted into the roadside ditch and overturned when the driver overcorrected.

  Baird was alone in the truck.

  The death raised Montana's 1988 traffic toll to 27, compared with 17 on Feb. 22 last year.

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OBITUARIES

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                Tuesday, February 24, 1998

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Levi Westley Baird

  CHINOOK - Levi Westley Baird, 17, died Saturday in a motor vehicle accident 23 miles south of Chinook.

  Funeral services will be Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Loyd Sweet Auditorium at Chinook High School. Burial will follow in Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Edwards Funeral Home.

  He was born Nov. 9, 1980, in Havre. He was raised in Blaine County and enjoyed hunting, rodeo, running machinery, welding and building things. He was an active member of Christian Youth Group and enjoyed his pickup truck.

  Survivors include his parents, Loren and Vinee' Baird, sisters, Linae, Larissa and Loreena Baird, grandparents, Wesley and Sara Baird and Robert and Audrey Cox, all of Chinook, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                  Tuesday, February 24, 1998

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Levi Westley Baird

  CHINOOK - Levi Westley Baird, 17, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, due to a single pickup truck roll-over 23 miles south of Chinook on Highway 240.

  Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25,at the Loyd Sweet Auditorium at Chinook High School. Burial will follow in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

  Baird was born to Loren and Vinee' Cox Baird on Nov. 9, 1980, in Havre. He was raised in Blaine County and enjoyed hunting, rodeo, running machinery, welding and building things. He was an active member of Christian Youth Group.

  He is survived by his parents, Loren and Vinee' Baird of Chinook, sisters, Linae, Larissa and Loreena Baird of Chinook, grandparents, Wesley and Sara Baird and Robert and Audrey Cox, all of Chinook, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

  Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

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THE BLAINE COUNTY JOURNAL, NEWS OPINION          Wednesday, February 25, 1998

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Levi Baird

  Levi Westley Baird, 17, died Feb. 21, 1998, of injuries recieved in a  single pickup truck roll-over 23 miles south of Chinook on Highway 240.

Funeral services will be Wednesday (today), February 25, 1998, at 4 p.m. in the Loyd Sweet Auditorium at Chinook High School. Burial will follow in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

  Levi was born to Loren and Vinee'(Cox) Baird on November 9, 1980, in Havre. He was raised in Blaine County and enjoyed hunting, rodeo, running machinery, welding and building things. He was an active member of Christian Youth Group and enjoyed his pickup truck.

  He is survived by his parents, Loren and Vinee' Baird of Chinook, sisters, Linae, Larissa and Loreena Baird all of Chinook, grandparents, Wesley and Sara Baird and Robert and Audrey Cox, all of Chinook, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

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