We're learning new information about the two Flathead men who died in a three vehicle accident that happened on Highway 93 near Somers. Troopers say 61-year-old John Bradstreet, from Kalispell, hit a Jeep driven by 73-year-old Michael Berman.
We spoke to a family member and found out what’s next in the investigation.
What started as a regular Thursday morning for Berman ended on the highway after a wreck took his life.
"It’s a terrible loss, and I’m devastated," said Berman’s wife, Maureen Hathaway.
Hathaway realizes what she’s lost.
"He was very warm; he had a twinkle in his eye all the time and he loved Montana. We just moved here about eight, nine years ago and his only regret was that we didn't move here sooner," Hathaway said.
Investigators closed the highway for a second time to try and piece together what happened.
"We'll mark where each vehicle ended up -- their tires and skid marks from tires and scuff marks and gouges in the road, that we think came from the crash, and then any significant parts like glass. All that helps us determine where the initial impact was at and then all the final positions of the vehicles," said Trooper Thomas Manz, from Montana Highway Patrol.
We’re told there aren’t enough skid marks to determine how fast the cars were traveling at the time of the accident. But the other information that is gathered will be put into a database.
"After that it’s imported into a computer and the lead investigator just connects the dots and we have a drawing," Manz said.
All of that information can be used for possible litigation.
The Montana Department of Transportation was also at the investigation. They look at the road conditions and signage along the highway -- things that could have contributed to the cause of the wreck.
"That helps release us from any liability that might be out there," said Dave Rauser, from MDT.
But for Berman’s wife, what’s most important right now is to keep his memory alive.
"That's what he would have wanted. Just to continue and make this place my home and remember how much we both loved it here,” Hathaway said.
It is still unclear what caused the accident.