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Collision near South Pass kills 75-year-old Cody man

Jan 21, 2014 - From staff reports

Details on a fatal car accident Friday evening in Fremont County have been released. Gerald Haugen, 75, of Cody died at the scene of a two-vehicle, head-on collision on South Pass.

His passenger, Georgianna C. Haugen, 76, also of Cody, was hospitalized at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper as a result of the incident. Both were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the other vehicle involved -- David S. Hoyt, 52, of Apache Junction, Ariz. -- was hospitalized at Lander Regional Hospital after the crash, which was reported just before 5 p.m. Friday on Wyoming Highway 28 about 34 miles east of Farson.

Hoyt was cited for driving under suspension, failure to maintain his lane, and no proof of insurance after the incident; further criminal charges are pending review by the Fremont County Attorney's Office. He also was wearing his seatbelt.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Hoyt was driving a 2000 Ford F350 pickup westbound for Bear Dog Trucking Inc. when his vehicle left the roadway to the right. He overcorrected to the left, coming back onto the roadway and crossing the center line into the opposite lane of travel.

The Haugens were headed east in a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country van when Hoyt entered their lane of travel, and the vehicles collided head-on. After impact, both vehicles came to rest in the eastbound barrow ditch; Georgianna Haugen was extricated from her vehicle and flown to Casper by helicopter.

The highway was closed for three hours after the crash. Fremont Coroner Ed McAuslan said it will take four to six weeks to determine whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.

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