The victim of a fatal crash that happened Sunday morning near Monarch has been identified. Jim Borgreen, 65, died early Sunday when the pick-up he was driving left the Hughesville Road east of Monarch and crashed into a tree
Borgreen was a well-known teacher in Fergus County, where he taught art to generations of students during his 34-year career in the Lewistown School District. Outside his role as a respected educator, Borgeen established himself as an accomplished wildlife artist.
His achievements include a three-time winner of the Montana State Duck Stamp Contest as well as three first-place awards at the Audubon Wildlife Show. Borgreen was a member of the Western Heritage Artist Group for 20 years and a frequent exhibitor at The Russell art show in Great Falls, as well as illustrating two books on bird identification and hunting.
According to a news release from the Cascade County Sheriff's/Coroner's Office, Borgreen was staying at his cabin in the Hughesville area prior to the fatal crash.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Arnold said alcohol is not suspected as contributing factor to the crash, which remains under investigation.
"Evidence at the scene seems to indicate that the driver might have had a medical episode which led up to the crash," Arnold said.