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15-year-old killed, four injured in one-vehicle rollover near Rock Springs Sunday


CASPER, Wyo. — Four people were injured and a 15-year-old passenger was killed Sunday in a one-vehicle rollover south of Rock Springs, according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol release Wednesday.

Troopers responded around 2:47 a.m. to the wreck on US 191 near milepost 506. The driver of a 2006 Nissan Altima was heading northbound and could not maintain his travel lane, causing the vehicle to exit the west side of the road and overturn, the report said.

The driver and three juveniles were not wearing seatbelts, according to the report. The adult passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported along with the driver and one juvenile to the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for injuries sustained in the crash. Another juvenile was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Utah for injuries.

“The third juvenile has been identified as a 15-year-old occupant who was fatally injured,” the WHP said.


The driver of the Nissan has been identified by the WHP as 18-year-old Rock Springs, Wyoming, resident Jaquan T. Lyons Smith.

“Impairment, speed, and driver inattention are being investigated as possible contributing factors,” the WHP said.