Wyoming Highway Patrol reports two fatalities on state roadways
Authorities say two men died in separate accidents on Wyoming roadways during the past week — one after wrecking a stolen vehicle near Cheyenne and the other while standing on Interstate 80.
The first, on I-80, occurred Saturday evening about 2.5 miles west of Wamsutter in Sweetwater County.
Nathan D. Lacey, a 22-year-old from Riverton, was standing in the passing lane of the interstate’s westbound lanes when a Dodge Caravan struck and killed him. The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. The driver of the van swerved left and braked, trying to avoid hitting Lacey, but was unable to miss him. The driver then stopped and called authorities, according to Sgt. Stephen Townsend with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Authorities had received a call about nine minutes prior to the crash about a pedestrian standing in the passing lane at the location of the crash, according to Townsend.
“Troopers are still investigating how and why
Lacey was out on the interstate in that area standing in the unlit roadway,” Townsend wrote in a media release.
Lacey was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second fatality of the week occurred early Wednesday about two miles north of Cheyenne on Bishop Boulevard.
Authorities say Kenneth A. Roark, a 44-year-old from Torrington, had stolen a GMC pickup in downtown Cheyenne and was driving the truck north when he lost control of it. The vehicle — which authorities say was traveling at a high rate of speed — went off the right side of the roadway and Roark, authorities say, over-corrected the steering wheel to the left. The truck began sliding, ultimately rolling twice and going through a fence before coming to rest in a pasture, according to Townsend.
Roark, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.