WHP Investigates First Fatal Crash of 2019
Criminal charges may be filed pending the outcome of an investigation regarding a crash on Jan. 2 near Wheatland, Wyoming, that resulted in one fatality.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, on Jan. 2, a 2004 Toyota Corolla was travelling north on Interstate 25 and stopped off the side of the road just after 10 a.m.
The driver of the vehicle stopped after hearing a strange noise coming from the vehicle.
The passenger, identified by the WHP as 21-year-old John Steele of Lacey, Washington, exited the vehicle to investigate the noise.
Steele was standing in front of the Toyota when the vehicle was struck by a farm tractor hauling hay.
The tractor reportedly came to a stop, partially blocking the northbound lanes of I-25. In an attempt to clear the interstate, the driver of the farm tractor backed up, striking Steele.
The WHP report states that Steele succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Toyota and other passengers had been wearing their seat belts and were not injured.
The driver of the tractor is identified only as a resident of Wheatland and did not sustain any injuries.
The incident marks the first fatality on Wyoming highways in 2019.