(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that the first fatal wreck of the new year occurred around 4 a.m. on Jan. 7 about 16 miles north of Cheyenne on Interstate 25.
Oscar D. Valdez-Rivera, 33, of Farmington, N.M., was the only fatality in the one-vehicle wreck. He was the front passenger in a 2010 Ford F-350. Aside from himself and driver, Fredy M. Cervantez-Rivera, 28, of Albequerque, N.M., there were three other passengers. Cervantez-Rivera as of this morning was hospitalized at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The other three were treated and released. Everyone was wearing seat belts.
The vehicle is owned by Hurricane Air & Swabbing Service, WHP reports.
“Cervantez-Rivera was southbound in the passing lane on Interstate 25 and was pulling a fifth wheel type trailer loaded with oil field equipment,” WHP states in a release. “For reasons unknown at this time, the combination went off the roadway into the median at which time Cervantez-Rivera overcorrected the steering back towards the roadway. He then over corrected the steering a second time which caused the combination to roll 1/2 time coming to rest in the roadway blocking both southbound lanes of travel. The trailer with equipment came to rest on top of the overturned pickup.”
The southbound lanes of Interstate 25 were temporarily closed and traffic re-routed due to the crash for approximately 5.5 hours.
“Members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Crash Investigation Team responded to the scene and are assisting in the crash investigation,” the release continues. “Upon completion of the crash investigation all information will be provided to the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office. They will make recommendations as to the filing of any criminal charges.”