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Local residents in fatal wreck across county line
Jan 2, 2014 - From staff reports
Three vehicles were involved in the crash that remains under investigation.
Two teens died Saturday west of Casper in a crash that involved several Fremont County residents.
Moeniqa D. Produit, 18, and Michelle M. Allen, 13, were pronounced dead at the scene of the two-vehicle accident, which took place just before 3:15 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 20/26 about 50 miles west of Casper in Natrona County.
The Wyoming Highway patrol listed the residence of both victims as Kemmerer, but local obituary information reported that Michelle Allen was a Riverton resident and that Moeniqa Produit was a former Riverton resident who recently was living in Kemmerer.
Produit had been driving a 2002 Buick Lesabre with Allen in the backseat on the driver's side.
Holly C. Allen, 9, of Riverton, also was in the back, and Stacy M. Wilcox, 38, of Riverton, was in the front passenger seat. Both Riverton residents were hospitalized at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper after the crash.
The other vehicle involved was a 2003 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Thomas A. Presgrove, 48, of Fort Washakie. His front-seat passenger was Suzanne Presgrove, 52, of Fort Washakie; both adults were treated and released from the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
Fernalia C. Savage, 9, of Riverton, was in the back seat of that vehicle and was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital in a private vehicle.
Officials said snow was falling lightly Saturday afternoon, and the roadway was partly covered in ice. A pickup truck pulling a horse trailer had jackknifed on the highway, blocking traffic as Produit drove westbound.
She started to slow down due to the road blockage, but she lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line, entering the opposite lane of travel.
Presgrove, who was eastbound, tried to slow down and steer toward the westbound lane of travel when he saw Produit's vehicle cross over into his lane, but his pickup truck struck the Buick on the passenger side.
Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt.
The pickup with the horse trailer did not remain at the scene, leaving after the driver regained control of the combination. An investigation into that driver's identity and actions is ongoing.