Child killed near Crowheart; WHP reported driver failed to stop for school bus warning lights
An 11-year-old Crowheart girl was killed Tuesday night on Highway 26/287 about five miles east of Crowheart when she was struck by a pickup truck that reportedly failed to stop for the flashing warning lights of a school bus. The incident was reported at 6:51 p.m. The child, identified as Makayla Strahle (Sperry), had just disembarked from a westbound school bus and was crossing the road when she was struck by the eastbound pickup. Witnesses at the scene told the Wyoming Highway Patrol that conditions were foggy at the time, that the school bus warning lights were flashing, and that the driver of the pickup failed to stop. The child died at the scene. The sixth-grader had been attending a holiday dance at Wind River School and was taking the activity bus home.
The WHP identified the driver as 52 year old William Barnes of Lander, who was behind the wheel of a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck.
The WHP said there was no indication of alcohol or drug use by the driver, and that an investigation is underway.