Speed, Alcohol Possibly to Blame in Deadly Albany County Crash
The Albany County Sheriff's Office says speed and alcohol consumption may be to blame for a UTV crash that left a Laramie woman dead.
Sheriff Aaron Appelhans says his office, the Laramie Fire Department, the Big Laramie Volunteer Fire Department, the WYCO Volunteer Fire Department, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, and Classic Air Medical were called to the crash scene near milepost 1 on Pelton Creek Road at 3:17 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.
Appelhans says 30-year-old Salvador Gonzalez and 27-year-old Nicole Harnden, both of Laramie, were traveling in a UTV when Gonzalez, who was behind the wheel, rolled it.
Gonzalez was airlifted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland for his injuries, but Harnden died at the scene.
Appelhans says neither one of them was wearing a seat belt or protective gear.
"Our condolences go out to the families involved," he said.
According to her obituary, Harnden's love for nursing led her to the Branch Director position with Enhabit Home Health where she was dedicated to the people she cared for.
She loved being outdoors with her family and dogs and attending music festivals, but most of all she loved her son, Andreas.
Appelhans says Harnden and Gonzalez were not related.
"Any further updates on their relationship are unknown at this time," he said.
Appelhans says the crash is being investigated jointly between his office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
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