One Dead, Four Injured in Wyoming Crash

CHEYENNE – A single-vehicle rollover crash Saturday afternoon killed the driver and injured her four young passengers, Wyoming Highway Patrol officials said Monday.

Laura K. Veltkamp, 35, of Cheyenne was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle, Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. David Wagener said.

The crash happened around 12:49 p.m. Saturday at mile marker 48 on Highway 85, about 32 miles north of Cheyenne.

One of the woman’s young passengers, an 11-year-old, also was not wearing a seat belt, Wagener said. That passenger was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center by air ambulance.

A 10-year-old passenger was buckled in at the time of the crash, and an 8-year-old and 2-year-old were in child restraint seats, Wagener said. Those three passengers were transported to CRMC by ground ambulance.

Wagener could not identify the four minors or provide their conditions upon transport.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating distracted driving and improper lane use as contributing factors in the crash, according to a news release sent out Monday.

According to the release, Veltkamp was heading northbound on Highway 85 in a 2002 Ford Expedition when she partially went off the road to the right.

She corrected to the left but went partially into the southbound traffic lane and overcorrected the vehicle back to the right.

During the overcorrection back to the right, Veltkamp went completely off the road into the borrow ditch, and the vehicle rolled. She was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries.

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