3 Wyoming residents killed in collision near Lander

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The three victims have been identified: Darion Wheeler, 18, Lander; Paul McEwan, 20, Greybull; Destinee Wheeler, 15, Hudson.

Darion was the driver of the SUV. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Darion was wearing his seat belt but the other two were not. No one was ejected.

Brian Rhodes, 32, of Riverton, was driving the Silverado. He was hospitalized for his injuries at SageWest Hospital in Lander.


LANDER, Wyo. - Three Wyoming residents, including two teenagers, died in a two-vehicle crash this week.

It happened Tuesday night on Wyoming State Highway 789, about two miles north of Lander.

The victims include an 18-year-old man from Lander, a 20-year-old man from Greybull, and a 15-year-old girl from Hudson. All three were fatally injured at the scene of the crash.

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The victims were traveling north together in a 2003 Honda Pilot SUV. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. David Wagener, the driver failed to properly negotiate a left-hand curve in the highway as the vehicle drifted to the east. The SUV was overcorrected, sending the vehicle into a counter-clockwise spin. During the spin, the SUV entered the southbound lanes of WY-789 and collided with a southbound 1993 Chevrolet Silverado. 

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Excessive speed and driver inattention are being investigated as the contributing factors in this crash that marked the 16th, 17th, and 18th highway fatalities in Wyoming for 2017. There were 10 fatalities during this same period in 2016.

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