Mika Westwolf, a 22-year-old Indigenous woman from Montana, was reportedly walking on a highway that ran through the Flathead reservation on March 31st. Unfortunately, she was hit by a Cadillac Escalade and pronounced dead at the scene.
Sunny White, a 28-year-old woman, was identified as the driver of the Cadillac Escalade. During the incident, she was reportedly in the vehicle with her two children. Sunny was charged with two counts of criminal child endangerment on the same day of the incident, according to Popular Information.
She was released on April 6th after Lake County Attorney James Lapotka dropped the charges against her. The charges were dropped “without prejudice,” which means they could be refiled in the future. Sunny is not currently charged in connection with Westwolf’s death.
Why Did James Lapotka Drop The Charges?
Sunny’s charges were dropped, according to James Lapotka, because he needed “more time” to collect evidence. He told Popular Information that dropping charges in these circumstances is something “that happens.”
Lapotka is reportedly awaiting a search warrant for Sunny’s phone and toxicology report. He is also awaiting the report of the Montana Highway Patrol, which is in charge of the investigation.
He is also awaiting the toxicology report for Westwolf, as well as the results of a search warrant executed on Westwolf’s phone.
Why Do People Want Sunny White Charged For A Hate Crime and Mika Westwolf Death?
The Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN) claims that Sunny White is a white nationalist after receiving information from members of the Flatwood community.
To lend some “credibility” to these accusations, MHRN revealed Sunny’s children’s names are Aryan and Nation. The organization has urged prosecutors to “investigate hate crimes charges if they apply.”
A TikTok creator (@WitchyTwitchy) made a video about Mika Westwolf’s death, which has received over 500,000 views on the social media platform. It also draws a lot of attention and opinions to the situation.
Does Mika Westwolf Life Matter To Authorities?
According to Erica Shelby, a tribal lawyer who is representing Westwolf’s family in court, the family believes prosecutors are treating Westwolf more like a suspect than a victim.
Shelby claimed that an investigator paid a visit to Westwolf’s family to speak with Mika’s 19-year-old brother, who was with Westwolf at the time of her death. The police allegedly wanted to search his phone, which his family refused due to the lack of an attorney or a search warrant.
She claims that Westwolf’s brother was at home when she died. Shelby has also claimed that authorities have refused to provide the family with basic information about the case, such as video from body cameras and the crash report.
What Has Sunny White Done Since Mika Westwolf Death?
Sunny White was charged with burglary, parenting interference, and criminal mischief after attempting to retrieve her children from their father’s house after being arrested, and for criminal child endangerment, which were later dropped. White was released on a $50,000 bond.
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