Lack of seat belt use contributes to recent Wyoming highway deaths

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Three people are dead following a series of wrecks across Wyoming, two of whom weren’t wearing seatbelts at the time of their crashes.

The information came in a series of emails from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

A fatal crash west of Elk Mountain ended with the death of Nathan Weber-Worrell, 27, from Rawlins. It happened on December 4th at 3:45 a.m. near mile post 253 on Interstate 80. Troopers say Weber-Worrell lost control on the ice-covered highway and collided with a snow packed embankment, tripped and rolled.

Lack of seat belt, impaired driving, speed and the slick road conditions are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash.

Sixteen-year-old Firebaugh, California resident Dayla Banda died following a wreck near Lusk. The crash occurred on November 19th at 9:05 a.m. near mile post 158 on US Highway 85. Troopers say the car she was driving in fishtailed over a patch of ice, causing the car to slam into an oncoming truck. Banda was not wearing her seat belt and later died at a hospital. A second non-restrained 16-year-old female passenger was also taken to a hospital. The drivers of both cars were also treated and released.

The ice-covered road conditions are being investigated as the contributing factor in this crash.

A fatal crash south of Buffalo has killed Casper resident Homer Berry, 82. The crash happened on December 3rd at 2:54 a.m. near mile post 276 on Interstate 25. Troopers say Berry was standing outside his disabled SUV when he was struck and killed by a commercial truck. No charges have been filed at this time from this crash.

These deaths mark the 108-110th highway fatalities in Wyoming for 2016. There were 139 fatalities during this same time period in 2015.