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Teen drivers cited in separate accidents
Jun 2, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Two traffic accidents on Fremont County highways over the Memorial Day weekend involved drivers in their teens.
No one was seriously injured in either incident. Officials said everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt.
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The first crash was reported just before 10:30 a.m. May 24 at the intersection of Country Acres Road and Wyoming Highway 789. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Adams said a 16-year-old Riverton boy had been eastbound on Country Acres Road in a 2007 Yukon when he failed to yield at the stop sign at Wyoming Highway 789.
"He had apparently stopped at the stop sign but then pulled out in front of a 16-year-old female from Riverton," Adams said.
The girl was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry south at about 65 mph, which is the posted speed limit, when she collided with the driver's side of the Yukon. Adams said the vehicles came to rest on the east side of the road and did not block traffic.
Both teens were transported to SageWest Health Care at Riverton, where they were treated and released.
The boy was cited for no driver's license and failure to stop at a stop sign. Adams guessed that both vehicles were destroyed.
At 11:45 a.m. May 24, an eastbound motorist called police to report a westbound vehicle had swerved into her lane on Wyoming Highway 789 east of Hudson.
Five minutes later, the suspect vehicle -- a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am - crossed the center line again and sideswiped an eastbound pop-up camper being towed by a 2013 Chevy pickup truck. The information comes from the official Wyoming Highway Patrol report.
Lea Aldridge, 25, of Riverton, was driving the Chevy. Adams said her passenger was a 26-year-old man.
Observers at the scene thought the 26-year-old man might have been driving the Chevy, but the official report lists Aldridge as the driver.
The 16-year-old reportedly was driving with a 15-year-old female passenger.
Adams said no one was transported as a result of the crash, though the 16-year-old received treatment at the scene. She also was cited for a lane violation as a result of the incident.
"Due to driver inattention she crossed the double yellow line," Adams said. "We don't know (what she was doing) but she did look down," he said.
The camper was "pretty well damaged" and was left on the side of the highway, he continued. The 16-year-old's vehicle was towed.
At the accident scene, officers were talking about a possible medical issue that may have contributed to the crash, but Adams said a medical issue is not being cited as a factor and is not part of the official report.