Icy roadways appeared to have played a role in a one-vehicle fatal crash Wednesday morning two miles north of Ranchester on Interstate 90 in Sheridan County.
16-year-old Alyson Novak of Rock Springs, Wyoming died after being ejected from the vehicle she was in after the driver lost control of the car on the icy roadway. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sergeant Stephen Townsend.
Townsend said that both the driver and the front seat passenger were treated and released from Sheridan Memorial Hospital and that Novak was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. Neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the accident.
Weather may also have had something to do with the death of 11-year-old Makayla Strahle of Crowheart, Wyoming. Sergeant Townsend gives us the details of what led to the tragic accident that occurred just before 7 o'clock Tuesday night.
Townsend said that drugs and alcohol were ruled out as a factor in the accident, and that upon completion of the Troopers investigation, the Fremont County Attorney's Office will make the determination if any criminal charges will be filed against the driver of that vehicle, 52-year-old Lander resident William Barnes.