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WHP reports two deadly crashes over Labor Day weekend

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Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 5:02 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - Wyoming Highway Patrol is reporting two deadly crashes over Labor Day weekend.

Speed is being investigated as a possible cause for a fatal crash southwest of Buffalo, Wyoming.

On September 5, 2021, a fatal crash occurred around milepost 67 on US 16 southwest of Buffalo, Wyoming.  At 10:16 a.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a motor vehicle collision. A 2015 Indian Chieftain was westbound on US 16.  The driver of the Indian was attempting to negotiate a sharp curve to the right and crossed the centerline, colliding head-on with an eastbound 2020 Chevrolet Silverado.

The driver of the Indian has been identified as 60-year-old Evansville, Wyoming resident Thomas A. Hammell.  Hammell was not wearing a helmet and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as 34-year-old Gillette, Wyoming resident Jonathan C. Perry.  The passengers have been identified as 33-year-old Gillette, Wyoming resident Allison R. Perry, and two juvenile passengers.  All occupants in the Chevrolet were restrained correctly and not injured in the crash.

Speed on the part of Hammell is being investigated as a potential contributing factor. This is the 79th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 87 in 2020, 110 in 2019, and 75 in 2018 to date.

Speed is also being investigated as a possible cause for a fatal crash south of Lander, Wyoming.

On September 4, 2021, a fatal crash occurred around milepost three on Wyoming 131 south of Lander, Wyoming.  At 8:30 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a one-vehicle rollover. A 2004 Porsche Boxster was northbound on Wyoming 131 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve to the right.  The Porsche exited the roadway and overturned before colliding with a tree.

The driver of the Porsche has been identified as 29-year-old Colordao resident Edward G. Marovich.  Marovich was wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.  The passenger has been identified as 32-year-old California resident Rinaudo Ciara.  Ciara was wearing a seatbelt and transported to Sage West for injuries sustained in the crash.

Speed is being investigated as a potential contributing factor. This is the 78th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 87 in 2020, 110 in 2019, and 75 in 2018 to date.

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