Texting while driving is being suspected as the contributing factor in a fatal accident Wednesday east of Lusk, Wyoming that resulted in the death of a 25 year old Casper resident.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Kelly Walbridge of Casper was traveling eastbound on US Highway 20, approximately 12 miles east of Lusk, when her 2004 Buick Rendezvous SUV left the road to the south. Walbridge apparently over-corrected, and the vehicle rolled multiple times.
The Patrol says Walbridge was improperly wearing her seat belt utilizing only the lap belt portion of the seat belt and not the shoulder belt. She was partially ejected during the crash and sustained fatal injuries on scene.
Two children in the vehicle, ages four and two, were in proper child seats during the crash. They both were transported by ground ambulance to the Niobrara Community Hospital in Lusk and have been treated and released.
Meanwhile, a driver’s medical issue is being investigated as the contributing factor in a fatality accident south of Wheatland on Sunday.
71 year old Hayesville, North Carolina resident William Suggs died in the crash on I-25 10 miles south of Wheatland.
The Patrol says Suggs was driving a northbound 2014 GMC pickup while pulling a trailer when he experienced the medical issue. The truck left the highway to the east, crashed through the right-of-way fenc and continued across a pasture before going over a dirt a dirt embankment and entered a ditch with an approximate six foot drop in the ditch. The front of the truck impacted the far side of the ditch and the truck and trailer came to rest in the ditch.
Suggs was wearing his seat belt but was pronounced deceased on scene. 71 year old Cheryl Suggs was also wearing her seat belt and was transported to Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland where she was hospitalized.
William Suggs’ medical issue before the crash is being investigated as the contributing factor in this crash.