BOZEMAN, Mont. - Coworkers of a Lolo teen killed in a Bozeman area crash remember him as a good, hard-working kid. Alec Leighton Fesler Lennemann died Friday night in a crash just north of Bozeman, and police are trying to figure out just what happened.
"We enjoyed Alec. He really was a good kid, sweet kid," said Tom Dahlseid. He manages the Lolo Pizza Hut, where 17-year old Alec Leighton Fesler Lennemann worked.
He said Fesler Lennemann was a hard worker and a good kid. But on Friday, Alec was killed in a car crash in Bozeman.
"Everybody was pretty shook up about it," Dahlseid said.
Fesler Lennemann was in a car traveling south on Story Mill Road north of Bozeman with another boy just before 8 pm, when the car lost control and flew down a steep hill.
Bozeman Police Sergeant Travis Munter was one of the first to arrive.
"The vehicle next touches down onto the ground and has a pretty good impact," he said, gesturing toward the scene where the car came to rest.
He said the vehicle rolled so violently it became airborne -- even clearing a fence.
Fesler Lennemann was ejected, and his body was found nearby. Police pronounced Fesler Lennemann dead at the scene, and say the other victim was treated at the hospital.
Pink spray paint lines mark where police believe the car slid off the road. Sgt. Munter said they think the car came over the crest of a hill, lost control and veered off the road and down the embankment.
He said they're still trying to piece together just what happened that led to the end of Alec's life.
"We have some facts that we need to put together still to confirm everything," Sgt. Munter said. "We're still investigating the 'who' and the 'why,' and some of that aspect of the crash."
He did say Fesler Lennemann was not wearing a seat belt, and it appears the victim who survived might have been wearing his.
Those who knew Alec are trying to cope with the loss, remembering the details of a young life cut short.
"He's always working on his pickup that was his pride and joy," he said. "He was good to have around."
According to an obituary in the Missoulian, a memorial service will be held on
Tuesday, April 2, at Peace Lutheran Church in Belgrade at 3 pm. A memorial fund in Alec's name is being set up at First Interstate Bank.