Three area teenagers, including 16-year-old Bradley Anderson of Sturgis, have died in vehicle crashes in the past two weeks.
Anderson died Friday in a two-vehicle crash 23 miles north of Lusk, Wyo. which happened about 5 p.m. on U.S. Highway 85.
Sgt. David Wagener, Wyoming Highway Patrol Public Relations, said that for unknown reasons, the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe Anderson was driving northbound was steered into the southbound lane of travel.
A southbound 2003 Dodge Ram truck driven by 47-year-old Rhonda K. Herren of Burns, Wyo. attempted to avoid a collission with Anderson by steering sharply to the right. That maneuver was not successful, and Anderson's Tahoe crashed into Herren's Dodge in a sideswipe angle collission.
Wagener said the force of the collision forced Herren's vehicle into the southbound borrow ditch, where it rolled an undetermined number of times. Zoe Herren, a rear passenger in Herren's vehicle, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the truck.
Anderson's Tahoe also entered the southbound borrow ditch where it rolled an undetermined number of times. Anderson, who was not wearing a seatbelt either, was totally ejected and died on scene, Wagener said.
Rhonda Herren and Zoe Herren were transported by helicopter ambulance to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo. and hospitalized for their injuries.
Wagener said the investigation continues to determine contributing factors of the crash.
On Wednesday, Aug. 6, a 17-year-old Faith youth died in a single-vehicle rollover that injured two passengers.
Macoy Michael Collins suffered fatal injuries when the northbound 1983 Chevrolet S-10 pickup he was driving drifted off the roadway and rolled about one mile south of Faith on S.D. Highway 73 around 2:30 a.m., according to a Department of Public Safety news release.
After drifting into the east ditch, the pickup swerved back onto the road into the southbound lane before returning to the east ditch where it rolled. After rolling through a fence, the vehicle came to rest on its top in a pasture.
Collins and a passenger, Kimberly Jolene Wright, 17, of Hermosa were thrown form the vehicle. A third passenger, Blaze Harold McMurtry, 19, of Faith was partially ejected from the vehicle. None of the teens were wearing a seatbelt, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Wright received serious, non-life threatening injuries. McMurtry received life-threatening injuries in the crash.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is continuing the investigation of that crash.
And, a 16-year-old Belle Fourche boy was killed and a Washington state man injured Thursday, Aug. 1, in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 212 in southeastern Montana near Alzada.
Tyler James Gross died in the head-on collision.
Funeral services for the Belle Fourche High School student were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center gymnasium.
According to a Montana Highway Patrol news release, a Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 31-year-old man from Tacoma, Wash., hit farm equipment being towed by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup at about noon Thursday.
The Cruze then swerved into a head-on collision with the pickup Goss was driving.
The driver of the Silverado, a 43-year-old Belle Fourche man, was not injured.
The Montana Highway Patrol led the accident investigation with assistance from the Butte County Sheriff's Office and southeast Wyoming law enforcement.