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Man killed late Friday in wreck near Pavillion; no seatbelt in earlier fatality

Apr 7, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Officials are investigating a fatal rollover crash Friday west of Pavillion.

The incident resulted in the death of Theodore E. Aaberg, 40, of Wilson. Reports state he was driving a 2004 Ford F250 eastbound when the truck drifted off of the road at about 11 p.m. Friday near milepost 114 on U.S. Highway 26, about one mile west of Pavillion.

Aaberg overcorrected the vehicle back onto the highway and entered a spin. The vehicle left the roadway to the north and rolled, according to investigative reports.

Aaberg was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the truck during the crash; officials said he suffered fatal injuries at the scene.

His front-seat passenger, Christine Fenton, 28, of Jackson, was wearing a seatbelt. She was injured and transported by air ambulance to SageWest Health Care at Riverton, where she was hospitalized.

The crash caused a temporary closure of the highway.

Investigators are looking into alcohol use as a contributing factor in the incident, which marked the 27th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015. There were 27 highway fatalities during the same time period in 2014.

Seatbelt

The Wyoming Highway Patrol also reported that Daniel W. Oberlie, 57, of Riverton, was not wearing a seatbelt during the one-vehicle rollover that took his life Wednesday south of Riverton.

The incident took place at about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday on Wyoming Highway 135 about 15 miles south of town.

Reports state Oberlie was driving a 2001 International cement truck south when it drifted off the west side of the highway. Oberlie overcorrected the vehicle and crossed both lanes of traffic, leaving the highway to the east. The truck rolled one-half time, coming to rest on its top.

Oberlie was partially ejected during the crash and suffered fatal injuries on scene. The incident closed the highway for more than an hour.

Driver inattention is being investigated as the contributing factor in the fatality, which was the 25th for Wyoming in 2015.

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