Documents: Driver in fatal rollover speeding, intoxicated, and possibly texting
Court documents indicate a Cheyenne man was driving at just short of 100 miles per hour, was legally intoxicated and possibly texting just prior to a fatal rollover that killed two Scottsbluff teenagers.
Four felony charges that could result in up to 60 years in prison have been filed against 22 year old Ethan Kaufman, who was driving the vehicle that had six passengers when it crashed January 9th near the Woming/Nebraska state line
Kaufman is charged by the Goshen County Attorney's office with two counts of aggravated homicide by a vehicle in the deaths of 18 year old Alexis Wheeler and 19 year old Hallie Anderson. Kaufman is also charged with drunk driving causing serious bodily injury regarding two of the passengers, 19 year old Tyler Hill of Lyman and Stetson Allen of Morrill.
The arrest affidavit says the investigation by the Wyoming Highway Patrol indicates the vehicle's Crash Data Retrieval System showed it was traveling at 99 mph just prior to the accident. The document says Kaufman's blood alcohol content two hours after the accident was measured at .08%, the reading required for someone to be legally intoxicated.
The documents says Stetson Allen told authorities Kaufman had a phone in his hand and was possibly texting right before the accident. The documents indicate the females in the car told Kaufman to slow down a couple times before the crash. The documents also indicate Kaufman lied to the investigating trooper about being a passenger in the pickup before an EMS responder said Kaufman told her he was the driver, and others confirmed it.
Kaufman is being held on $50,000 cash bond.
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