Fatal crash: speed, substance use, and equipment failure identified as possible causes

Wyoming Highway Patrol
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A fatal motor vehicle accident occurred Wednesday morning that was possibly caused by driver fatigue, alcohol/drug use, and equipment failure, according to an April 29 press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP).

The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. around milepost 199 on Interstate 90 east of Sundance, the release stated.

The driver, identified as 42-year-old Rapid City resident Kelsey Conner, lost control of his 2008 BMW X5 when the vehicle’s left rear tire tread separated from the tire. Conner’s vehicle exited the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Conner was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

Speed, alcohol/drug use, and equipment failure are all being investigated as potential contributing factors, per WHP officials.

This marks the 28th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 24 in 2020, 50 in 2019, and 25 in 2018 to date.