Speed and driver inattention are being investigated in two separate highway fatalities that occurred in Wyoming over President’s Day weekend.
Around 3:23 p.m. on Feb. 14, Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) troopers responded to milepost 216 on US Highway 310 north of Greybull for a motor vehicle collision that resulted in one fatality.
The driver of a 2008 Ford Fusion was headed northbound when the driver lost control on the snow-covered roadway, crossing into the southbound lane where the vehicle collided with a semi-trailer.
Greybull resident, 46-year-old Jason Haworth, was not wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. His passenger, 40-year-old Michelle Bien of Billings, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Montana.
The semi-tractor driver, 61-year-old Mark Grabinski, also of Billings, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.
“Speed on the part of Haworth is being investigated as a possible contributing factor,” a WHP press release stated.
The second crash occurred two days later.
On Feb. 16 around 3:45 p.m., WHP troopers were dispatched to the area of milepost 139 on Wyoming 414, south of Lonetree, for a one-vehicle rollover.
Utah resident, 47-year-old Aimee Ball, drifted off the right side of the roadway, before correcting to the left as the vehicle slid off the road and rolled over.
Ball, who was wearing her seatbelt, was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County where she was treated for injuries. Ball’s passenger, a 10-year-old juvenile female, did not have her seatbelt correctly fastened. She was transported by air to Ashley Valley Medical Center in Vernal, Utah, where she later succumbed to her injuries.
Driver inattention is being investigated as a possible contributing factor to this incident, according to another WHP release.
This marks the seventh fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2020, compared to 18 in 2019, nine in 2018, and 10 in 2017.