SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — Excessive speed and alcohol are being investigated in a crash that killed two Scottsbluff girls.
Sgt. Steve Townsend of the Wyoming State Patrol said Alexis Wheeler, 18, died soon after the crash, which occurred shortly before midnight Wednesday. On Thursday, Hallie Anderson, 19, died at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
The crash occurred on Highway 92, about a mile west of the Nebraska-Wyoming state line near Lyman, Neb. Both girls had been passengers in a vehicle driven by Ethan Kaufman, 22, of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Kaufman had been westbound on Highway 92. As he was making a slight left-hand curve, the car drifted off the right side of the road and crashed, flipping end over end, Townsend said.
Anderson and another passenger, Tyler Hill, 19, of Lyman, were partially ejected from the vehicle. They were both flown to Regional West Medical Center by Air Link. Thursday afternoon, Hill remained in serious condition at Regional West Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.
Kaufman and passengers James F. Burford, 20, and Stetson L. Allen, 23, both of Morrill, Neb., were taken by ambulance to Torrington (Wyo.) Community Hospital and later to Regional West Medical Center. Kaufman was in serious condition; Allen and Burford were in stable condition, the spokesman said.
Information from the crash will be turned over to the Goshen County (Wyo.) Attorney's Office for consideration of criminal charges, Townsend said.