(Lusk, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports an early morning crash on August 4, 2014, at around 3 am has claimed the lives of three individuals and hospitalized a fourth. The crash occurred about 27 miles north of Lusk, WY in Niobrara County on U.S. 85.
According to investigating officers, 34 year old Robert Bentz of Westminster, Colo., was the driver of a north bound 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan which drifted across the south bound lane of the highway and off of the roadway. The vehicle then collided with a driveway approach causing it to become airborne before landing and rolling. Bentz, 59-year-old Suzanne Schermerhorn of Rapid City, S.D., and 86-year-old Nola Reber also of Rapid City, SD were all ejected from the vehicle.
A fourth passenger, 26 year old Krystal Sandoval was not ejected and was hospitalized in Lusk. None of the passengers were seat belted.
Troopers are investigating fatigue, speed, and prescription medication usage as contributing factors.
The one vehicle rollover with non belted passengers continues to be the most deadly crash on Wyoming highways. So far this year, 44% of the fatalities on Wyoming roads have involved non seat belted passengers in vehicles which roll.
–Provided by Wyoming Highway Patrol