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Fort Washakie man dies in motorcycle-vehicle wreck

Aug 14, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

A Fort Washakie man died as a result of a motorcycle-versus-vehicle collision Friday north of his hometown.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the motorcyclist, Rex Coando, 61, was transported by ambulance to Lander Regional Hospital on Friday where he was later pronounced dead. McAuslan did not have a time of death.

"He died of internal injuries from the crash," he said.

According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office report, first responders were dispatched at 4:51 p.m. Aug. 10, for a crash near milepost 15 on Highway 287.

The crash is being investigated by the Wind River Police Department, and because it occurred on the Wind River Indian Reservation, FBI agents are also involved.

"The case is under investigation," said FBI media coordinator Dave Joly. "Alcohol does not seem to be a factor."

An autopsy will not be conducted, but McAuslan said his agency would do a toxicology test.

"At this point in time there is no reason to believe that there was any substance abuse or intoxication involved," he said.

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