Crash Near Laramie Claims First Highway Fatility for 2016

A 44-year-old Florida man became Wyoming's first highway fatality for 2016 on Monday.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of kin. Authorities said he was a passenger in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 25-year-old Nathen Perkins. Both men were from Pensacola.

Authorities believe Perkins fell asleep while driving, and crossed over the roadway median on Interstate 80 about 26 miles west of Laramie. They believe the driver overcorrected the vehicle and slid off the roadway. The vehicle rolled multiple times, and the passenger, who was incorrectly wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported by ground ambulance and admitted to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.

The driver has been cited for careless driving, and driver fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash.