A Fort Washakie man died in a crash north of Ethete on Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Tyron Trosper, 50, was a passenger in pickup driven by Ethete resident Rita Willow, 29, according to the news release from Patrol Sgt. David Wagener.

At 6:30 p.m., they were traveling north on Wyoming Highway 132 about five miles north of Ethete when the pickup left the highway to the east and was overrcorrected to the left.

The overcorrection caused the pickup to travel over the center line when it was overcorrected to the right. That caused the pickup to trip, roll and come to rest in the east ditch.

Trosper and Willow were not wearing seat belts.

Trosper was ejected and died at the scene.

Willow remained in the cab of the pickup. She was taken by helicopter ambulance to the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper where she was hospitalized.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating suspected alcohol use and the lack of seat belt use -- a common cause of highway fatalities this year -- as contributing factors in this crash.

Any potential charges will be filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation because the crash occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation with Tribal members.

This marked the 50th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2016, compared to 75 fatalities during this same time last year.

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