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Second death in Thursday accident

Jun 5, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

Diana K. Soundingsides has died of injuries she suffered in Thursday night's rollover crash that killed Edward L. Wadda, both of Fort Washakie, on Interstate 25 between Casper and Buffalo.

Family members and the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported that Soundingsides, 22, died Saturday at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

Wadda, who worked as the Eastern Shoshone Tribe's liaison to Gov. Matt Mead's office, died in the crash at about 8:44 p.m. Thursday, May 31, roughly 16 miles north of Kaycee, the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported Friday afternoon.

The agency reported the crash happened when Wadda, driving a 2003 white Ford SUV southbound on the interstate, swerved to avoid a deer that ran into the roadway. The vehicle entered the median and Wadda overcorrected, causing the Ford to roll two-and-a-half times before coming to rest on its top.

Wadda, 42, died at the scene. Unrestrained passengers Soundingsides and Frank Hogan, 30, of Fort Washakie, both riding in the vehicle's second row of seats, were ejected during the crash, according to authorities.

Medical personnel transported Hogan and Soundingsides for treatment due to unspecified injuries at the time, according to authorities.

Another passenger, Mary Soundingsides, for whom the agency did not list an age and residence, wore a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

Funeral services for Wadda are at noon on Wednesday, June 6, at Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie. Burial will be in the Sacajawea Cemetery at Fort Washakie. A wake began at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Rocky Mountain Hall.

Funeral services for Diana Soundingsides are at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Wyoming Indian High School gym in Ethete. Interment will follow at the Willow Family Cemetery in Ethete.

A rosary is planned at the school gym on Wednesday, June 6, with a wake to follow at the SoundingSides residence, 11 LoneBear Lane in Ethete.

Her family called Wadda a "friend and mentor" of Soundingsides, who was a standout basketball player for Wyoming Indian High School. Soundingsides's obituary lists Hogan as her companion.

The vehicle's occupants had been attending activities associated with the South Dakota-Wyoming all-star basketball game in Gillette when the crash happened while returning home to Fort Washakie, Wadda's sister, Deanne Large, said last week.

The group had been attending all-star game events with John Soundingsides, Diana's brother, a star basketball player last season at Wyoming Indian High School.

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