Dear Readers,
Beginning Wed., Oct. 25, The Ranger will reinstate our subscription program for our digital-only customers. (The online Ranger will continue to be provided free as an added service to all Ranger print subscribers). We hope you will continue to enjoy Fremont County's best journalism in print and also online, all day, every day!

Nov. 26 triple fatality termed 'homicide' by FC Coroner

Dec 27, 2016 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Coroner's Office has listed "homicide" as the manner of death for all three individuals killed in a two-vehicle crash Nov. 26 at the intersection of 17 Mile Road and Left Hand Ditch Road.

The three killed were Lyle T. Black, and Sarah A. Black, both 70, of Arapahoe, in one vehicle, and 35-year-old William C'Bearing, a passenger in the second vehicle.

Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said the deaths were called homicides because it is the opinion of the office that someone was responsible for the deaths.

"Homicide, for the coroner's office, is a neutral term," he said. "If someone commits a willful act that results in death, whether there is any intention or not, they are considered to be responsible for that death.

"Such things would include a violation of law such as intoxicated driving, a traffic violation or some form of negligence."

Information about who was driving the vehicles has not been reported officially.

Multiple blunt-force injuries due to a motor vehicle accident was listed as the cause of death for Lyle and Sarah Black.

Relevant toxicology data has not been determined for either person.

C'Bearing's toxicology report showed that he had methamphetamine and cannabis in his system when he died, and a blood-alcohol content of .487.

C'Bearing's cause of death was listed as blunt-force closed head trauma due to a motor vehicle accident.

The investigation remains open and is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Print Story
Read The Ranger...