Alcohol suspected in fatal crash

Published: Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:54 PM CST
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Alcohol is suspected be a cause in the first fatal crash on Wyoming roads in 2017. The crash happened north of Gillette last night on Highway 14. 52 year old Michael Cada failed to merge into the left lane. His SUV spun out and rolled multiple times into a ditch. Cada was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The crash comes as part of a rising trend according to new government numbers. The latest report by the Department of Transportation says US roads are becoming more dangerous for drivers. It says saw the largest leap in car fatalities in 50 years.

In the first nine months of 2016 the DOT estimates nearly 28-thousand people died in car crashes. That's an eight-percent increase from 2015. Some experts suggest that distracted driving and warmer weather are to blame. Government officials have called for more analysis to get to the bottom of the spike in deaths.