CHEYENNE, Wyo. — One person is dead following a vehicle crash that occurred on Tate Road this morning, according to a news release by the Cheyenne Police Department.
The 17-year-old driver was ejected from the vehicle and did not survive their injuries, the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post. Speed is believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash.
The driver’s name will not be released due to their being a juvenile, the post states.
Prior to arriving at the scene of the crash at 5:23 a.m., officers were on the lookout for the silver passenger vehicle.
Per the release, at 12:51 a.m. a CPD officer attempted to make a traffic stop near East Pershing Boulevard and Taft Avenue. The officer was conducting a security check at Maverik gas station, located at 3315 N. College Drive, when the vehicle was observed revving its motor at the intersection of East Pershing Boulevard and North College Drive.
The vehicle then accelerated, traveling east on Pershing and running a red light.
The officer followed from a distance, approximately half a mile behind, and activated emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle near East Pershing Boulevard and Taft Avenue, the release states.
The driver continued accelerating at a high rate of speed, outpacing the officer.
The officer lost sight of the vehicle at approximately 12:53 a.m. while traveling east on Pershing.
Additional officers were called to help search the area, but they were unable to relocate the
vehicle until this morning.
Deputies from the LCSO were dispatched to the Tate Road scene and found the driver deceased.
The LCSO has taken over the crash investigation.