(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Highway Patrol reported today that four individuals were killed over the weekend in three crashes, raising the state’s highway death toll to the year to 93. Details on the four fatal crashes is copied below:
CASPER – A Casper resident was riding a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on August 9th when he failed to properly negotiate a right hand curve. Fifty-one year-old Stuart Schmidt was riding south on WY 252 at mile post 3.6 around 12:18 a.m.when he failed to properly negotiate the curve. The motorcycle drifted into and across the northbound lane where Mr. Schmidt applied the brakes and exited the left side of the roadway. The motorcycle crossed a driveway and impacted with landscaping rocks. The impact caused Mr. Schmidt to completely separate from the motorcycle and sustain severe injuries. After being transported to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Mr. Schmidt later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Mr. Schmidt was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and excessive speed is being investigated as the contributing factor in the crash. This crash recorded Wyoming’s 89th highway fatality of 2014.
Craig Powell, Kevin Martin
DOUGLAS -Alcohol is suspected as the contributing factor that lead to a head on double fatality crash on August 10th. The crash occurred at approximately1:25 a.m. 2.3 miles west of Douglas on Interstate 25 at mile post 142.3.
Thirty-Nine year-old Craig B. Powell of Saratoga, Wyoming was identified as the driver of a 2006 Honda Civic. Mr. Powell was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25. Fifty-Five year-old Kevin S. Martin of Rock Springs, Wyoming was traveling north on I 25 following behind a third vehicle in his 2001 Chrysler 300M. The third vehicle observed Mr. Powell’s oncoming Honda and swerved right to avoid a crash. Mr. Martin did not have time to react to avoid Powell and a head on collision resulted. After impact, Mr. Martin’s Chrysler caught on fire.
Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the crash scene resulting in fatalities 90 and 91 on Wyoming’s highways for 2014. Alcohol use by Craig Powell is being investigated as the contributing factor of the crash. The crash did temporarily close the roadway with traffic being detoured around the crash scene.
GILLETTE – Twenty-Five year-old Mason W. Fisher of Gillette, Wyoming was traveling west on US Highway 51 near mile post 131at approximately 02:15 am. on August 10th. A witness stated that Mr. Fisher appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed with estimations given of 75 mph to 80 mph in the 55 mph zone. Mr. Fisher passed the witness who was also traveling west. Once Mr. Fisher passed the witness, he overcorrected the 1993 Toyota Tacoma he was driving to get back into his lane of travel. The overcorrection caused the Toyota to leave the roadway to the right. After leaving the roadway, the truck went into a broadside skid before the vehicle tripped and rolled approximately two and one half times before coming to rest on its roof. The truck slid on its roof several feet before it came to a stop. Mr. Fisher was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Mr. Fisher was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol use and speed are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash that resulted in Wyoming’s 92nd highway fatality of 2014.
WHEATLAND – A two vehicle crash on August 10th lead to the 93rd fatality on Wyoming’s highways. The crash occurred at mile post 44.8 on WY 34 which is approximately 13 miles southwest of Wheatland, Wyoming. 70 year old Daniel R. Shaffer of Clark, CO was riding a 1996 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and traveling west. The second vehicle, a 2005 GMC Yukon, was traveling east and being driven by 73 year old Mary L. Edwards of Yuma, Arizona. Mary Edwards made a left turn from the eastbound lane, failing to yield to Mr. Shaffer. Mr. Shaffer braked hard prior to the crash with the motorcycle ending up on its side on the pavement prior to impacting the Yukon.
Mr. Shaffer was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash but still sustained fatal injuries. Mr. Shaffer’s speed at the time of the crash and Mary Edwards failing to yield are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash.
–Provided by the Wyoming Highway Patrol