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Patrol releases report in fatal wreck; seatbelts were being used

Sep 4, 2012 - From staff reports

The Wyoming Highway Patrol has completed its investigation into Saturday's one-vehicle rollover which took the life of a 25-year-old Riverton man.

Information gathered from witnesses at the scene of the wreck stated initially that seatbelts were not in use, but the WHP now says seatbelts were being used properly.

A press release from the patrol said Shawn Brogdon died following the accident that occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday on Wyoming Highway 136, commonly called Gas hills road.

The Ford pickup was being driven by Shawn Brogdon's father, 58-year-old Gerald Brogdon.

"(Gerald) Brogdon was westbound on WYO 136 when he stated to Troopers he fell asleep," the WHP statements reads. "The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway at which time Brogdon over corrected the steering to the left. That brought the vehicle back onto the roadway, whereupon Brogdon over corrected the steering to the right which caused the vehicle to go into a broadside slide and then overturn four complete times.

Both men were ejected partially from the vehicle. Shawn Brogdon had to be extricated from the wreckage. Both were transported by ambulance to Riverton Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead at 1:33 p.m.

Gerald was flown by Life Flight to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on Saturday and was released over the weekend after treatment.

Memorial services for Shawn Brogdon, a prominent Riverton High School athlete with the class of 2005, are at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at St. Margaret's School gymnasium in Riverton.

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