One killed, another airlifted in rollover Saturday morningSep 2, 2012 From staff reports
Victim was recent RHS sports standout
A former star athlete was killed and his father injured severely in a one-vehicle rollover Saturday morning near Riverton.
Reported killed in the wreck was 25-year-old Shawn Brogdon of Riverton. His father, Jerry Brogdon, was injured and later was airlifted to Casper for treatment, according to witnesses.
The accident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday about three miles southeast of Riverton on Wyoming Highway 136, also known as Gas Hills Road.
Preliminary reports said Jerry Brogdon was driving the late model Ford pickup as the father and son returned to Riverton from an early morning hunting trip in the Gas Hills area. Several hunting seasons in Wyoming opened Saturday.
The accident is still under investigation, but initial accounts of the crash said the driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. It left the roadway and rolled, apparentlyejecting both passengers. Seatbelts were not in use, according to accounts at the scene.
Hunting equipment and snack items were strewn about the accident site, including arrows and several small bottles of energy drink.
A Fremont County Sheriff's deputy is believed to have been first to respond, and a multi-agency response followed quickly, including Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, Fremont County Ambulance and Wind River Police.
Shawn Brogdon was the first to be transported from the scene and was pronounced dead at Riv-erton Memorial Hospital.
Jerry Brodgon reportedly was flown by helicopter to Casper later in the day. The nature of his indues was not available immediately.
Shawn Brogdon was an exceptional athlete in an outstanding sports class of 2005 at Riverton High School. He was a key performer in Riverton's memorable football season in 2004, earning first-team all-state honors while rolling up more than 1,400 yards rushing and 19 touchdown in an 8-2 season under coach Brandt Nyberg.
Brodgon was joined on the all-state team that season by quarterback Ryan Sims, receiver and safety Tyler Watson, tight-end and defensive lineman Ross Anderson, and offensive and defensive lineman AJ Hill.
Brogdon had college offers for both football and baseball, eventually opting for the latter. He started for a season a Dickinson State University.
He had been a top player on two Babe Ruth state champions for Riverton in both his 14- and 15-year-old seasons before starring in centerfield for the Riverton Raiders in American Legion ball.
He was successful in track and field as well, anchoring the Riverton 4x100-meter relay team to the Class 4-A state championship in his sophomore year, teaming with sophomore Kyle Arima and seniors Ryan Cassity and Derek Watson to win the crown in school-record time.