A man was killed and two others injured in a head-on collision Friday on a state highway over South Pass in the Wind River Mountains on the west-central side of the state.
Killed was a 75-year-old man from Cody, identified as Gerald Haugen. His passenger, 76-year-old Georgianna Haugan, was transported by air ambulance to a medical center in Casper. The other driver, who was found to be at fault, was named as 52-year-old David Hoyt of Apache Junction, Arizona. The information was released Tuesday by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend said Hoyt was cited for driving while under suspension, failure to maintain a single lane of travel and no proof of insurance. According to the report, the vehicles crashed after Hoyt crossed the center line when he over-corrected because he'd veered off the roadway. Both vehicles came to rest in the barrow ditch. The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle, which was a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country passenger car.
Hoyt was hospitalized at the nearby hospital in Lander. He was driving a 2000 Ford F350, a commercial vehicle for Bear Dog Trunking Inc. The crash happened just before 5 o'clock in the evening on Wyoming 28, about 34 miles east of Farson in Fremont County, and closed down the highway for about three hours. All three people involved were wearing a seatbelt.