CASPER, Wyo. -- Sweetwater County Coroner Dale Majhanovich said a Rock Springs man died of hypothermia after surviving a car crash and walking to shelter in the late night, early morning hours of Dec. 30-31.
The body of Vernon Johnson, 18, was found about 17 miles north of Green River on Dec. 31.
He had been on an excursion with two 17-year-old girls to see the city lights from White Mountain, according to a media release from the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office.
Johnson rolled the 1994 Oldsmobile he was driving on 14-Mile Road late on the night of Dec. 30. The three left the vehicle and attempted to walk out of the area.
After taking shelter in a draw by the side of the road, the three slept. In the morning, the girls attempted to help Johnson stand, but he collapsed and died.
Foul play is not suspected in Johnson's death, nor is alcohol believed to have been a factor.