UPDATE: Fatal Crash Victim Is A Casper Girl
A 16-year-old Kelly Walsh High School student died in a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 20/26 about 56 miles west of Casper on Saturday morning, according to a news release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol on Monday.
Aurora Rohrer, a member of the school's dance team, was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle driven by another female teenager westbound on slick road conditions.
At 8:50 a.m., the driver attempted to pass another westbound vehicle before a hillcrest in a no-passing zone. During the attempted passing, the driver of the SUV lost control on the slick road, and entered a spin in the eastbound lane of travel as an eastbound pickup towing a trailer crested the hill.
Despite the efforts of the pickup's driver to steer away from the oncoming SUV, the two vehicles crashed in an angle "t-bone" style collision.
Aurora was wearing her seat belt. She was taken by helicopter ambulance to the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper where she died of her injuries.
The driver of the SUV also was wearing her seat belt. She was taken by ground ambulance to the Wyoming Medical Center and was treated and released.
The pickup's driver, Clint Acres, 41, of Riverton, and two passengers were wearing their seat belts. They were taken by ground ambulance to Wyoming Medical Center and were treated and released.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating traveling at a speed too fast for the highway conditions and passing in a no passing zone as the contributing factors in this crash that marked the seventh highway fatality in Wyoming for 2017.
There were six fatalities during this same time period in 2016.
The name of the teenage driver of the SUV is not being released per Wyoming Highway Patrol policy during the investigation.