2 die in rollover crashes Saturday in Wyoming

2012-07-09T13:35:00Z 2012-07-11T05:46:06Z 2 die in rollover crashes Saturday in WyomingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 09, 2012 1:35 pm  • 

Two people died on Saturday in separate vehicle crashes in Wyoming.

In the first, Sarah Vanwoerkom, 23, of Gillette, Wyo., died when the Ford Focus in which she was riding rolled near Gillette.

A news release from Sgt. Stephen Townsend, with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, said Alexander Jennings, 23, also of Gillette, was trying to drive the Focus onto Interstate 90 from the eastbound Highway 51 ramp just before 2 a.m.

The Focus went off the road at a curve while “traveling at a high rate of speed” and rolled 1-1/2 times, the release said. Vanwoerkom, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was partially thrown from the car and it rolled over her.

She was declared dead at the scene.

Jennings faces accusations of vehicular homicide, driving without an ignition interlock device, aggravated driving under the influence and driving while under suspension, Townsend said.

Chelsea Gillis, 28, of Gillette, was also a passenger and was treated and released from Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette. A fourth passenger, Daniel Wipf, 27, refused treatment at the scene.

In the second crash, a 2-year-old Texas boy died near Glendo when the sport utility vehicle in which he was riding rolled.

Townsend said in a news release that Lisa Saine, 42, from Tyler, Texas, was driving a Ford Excursion that was pulling a 34-foot camping trailer northbound on Interstate 25 at 12:20 p.m. when the crash happened.

As Saine tried to pass a semitrailer, the camper began to fishtail and she lost control of the SUV.

It went into the median, separated from trailer and rolled multiple times before coming to a rest on its wheels in the southbound lanes.

Matthew Saine, 2 and also from Tyler, was in a child seat at the time and both he and the seat were thrown from the SUV as it rolled. He died at the scene, Townsend said.

Lisa Saine was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper to be treated for injuries. Maverick Saine, 11, was taken to a Denver hospital to be treated for injuries; David Saine, 43; Malachi Saine, 7; Nicolai Saine, 8; and Angelica Saine, 4, were all wearing seat belts and not injured in the crash, Townsend said in the release. All were from Tyler, Texas.

Townsend said the highway patrol is investigating why the child seat was thrown from the SUV as it rolled.

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