CASPER, Wyo. — Six people died in four different crashes in Wyoming on Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
A total of 70 people have died in crashes in Wyoming so far in 2022, the WHP reports.
Crash on U.S. Highway 14, Friday afternoon
On Friday afternoon, one person died in a crash on U.S. Highway 14 near Sundance, according to a preliminary crash report from the WHP. Troopers were notified of that crash at around 1:54 p.m.
The crash on U.S. 14 occurred near mile marker 185. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling west on the highway when it entered a sharp right-hand curve, according to the WHP’s narrative in the preliminary crash report.
“The motorcycle was traveling too fast to stay in its lane of travel, crossing into the eastbound lane,” the preliminary report said. “As the driver lost control, the motorcycle laid down and continued west in a right-side skid. The motorcycle continued to skid as it rotated approximately 180 degrees. During the skid, the passenger separated from the motorcycle, landing in the eastbound lane of travel.
“[An] eastbound Toyota Rav4 attempted to avoid the motorcycle and rider but was limited due to the guardrail. The Toyota collided with the passenger of the motorcycle.”
The motorcycle driver, who died in the crash, was not wearing a helmet, according to the WHP. Speed is listed as a possible contributing factor to the crash.
Crash on Main Street/U.S. Highway 89 near Thayne, Friday night
Two pedestrians died in a crash that was reported at around 10:22 p.m. Friday on Main Street/U.S. Highway 89 near Thayne, Wyoming, according to a preliminary crash report from the WHP.
The two pedestrians entered the southbound lane of the highway near milepost 100. Before they entered, they walked in front of a parked van that obstructed view of them from southbound traffic, the WHP’s preliminary report said.
“They entered the lane of travel walking at a southbound angle across the roadway, with their backs toward the southbound traffic,” the WHP’s preliminary report said. “[A] Yukon was southbound when the pedestrians entered the lane of travel.
“The driver applied the brakes and swerved the vehicle to the left in an attempt to avoid striking the pedestrians. The evasive maneuvers were unsuccessful as the front of the vehicle struck both pedestrians.”
Crash on Wyoming Highway 30, Saturday evening
One person died in a crash that was reported at around 7:05 p.m. Saturday on Wyoming Highway 30 near Burlington, according to a preliminary crash report from the WHP.
A witness reported seeing a pickup truck heading westbound on the highway drift out of its lane, according to the WHP. The pickup drifted back into its lane before passing the vehicle the witness was traveling in. The witness said the pickup appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed, the WHP’s preliminary report said.
The pickup truck failed to negotiate a gradual right-hand curve in the roadway near milepost 120. The truck crossed the roadway and exited to the left, according to the WHP’s preliminary crash report.
“The driver overcorrected his steering to the right causing the pickup to start rotating in a clockwise rotation,” the preliminary report added. “The pickup crossed back over the roadway, continuing the clockwise rotation. The pickup went off the right side of the roadway in a driver-side–leading skid where it tripped in the soft dirt and rolled 1 1/4 times, coming to rest on the driver’s side.
“The driver was partially ejected and was removed from the pickup by responding emergency personnel.”
Speed is listed as a possible contributing factor to the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the WHP’s preliminary crash report.
Crash on Wyoming Highway 387, Saturday night
Two people died in a crash that was reported around 11:55 p.m. on Wyoming Highway 387 near Wright, according to a preliminary crash report from the WHP.
The crash involved three vehicles. A Ford F-150 was heading south on the highway and crossed the center line, striking a northbound Toyota Camry in an “offset head-on collision,” the WHP’s preliminary report said.
“The Camry came to an uncontrolled rest on the northbound roadway/shoulder,” the WHP’s preliminary report said.
The driver of the Toyota Camry died due to injuries sustained in the crash, according to the preliminary report. The driver has been identified as Utah resident Christopher Czech, 62, confirmed by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. Czech was wearing a seatbelt, according to the WHP’s preliminary report.
“The F-150 traveled off the roadway, crossed an intersecting driveway, and came to an uncontrolled rest on its top,” the preliminary report continued.
The driver of the F-150 was fully ejected during the crash and died due to injuries sustained, according to the WHP’s preliminary report. The driver has been identified as Oklahoma resident Michael Brasch, 36, confirmed by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. Brasch was not wearing a seatbelt, the WHP’s preliminary report said.
A Red Nissan Rogue that had been traveling behind the Camry was hit with debris from the collision and came to a controlled stop on the northbound shoulder of the highway, the WHP’s preliminary report added.
NOTE: Oil City News has reached out to the WHP to confirm the identities of the six people who died in the four crashes. Updates will be provided if more information becomes available.
NOTE: A previous version of this story said that Brasch was the driver of the Camry and Czech was the driver of the F-150. Czech was the driver of the Camry and Brasch was the driver of the F-150. This story has been updated.