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Kinnear woman killed in wreck

Nov 27, 2012 - From staff reports

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle rollover that resulted in the weekend death of Jamie Bell, 25, of Kinnear.

Reports state Bell was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 26 at about 3:50 a.m. Saturday when she lost control of her 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, causing it to go off of the roadway to the right. She reportedly over-corrected at that point, steering the vehicle to the left to bring it back onto the roadway, where it rolled about four times.

Bell, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover maneuver, according to reports.

Officials were notified of the accident at about 3:55 a.m., when someone called to report a vehicle and person lying in the road about three miles east of Kinnear. At 3:57 a.m., officers learned that the person was a woman who was bleeding and breathing heavily. A car seat reportedly was thrown from the vehicle as well, but a child was not present; reports state Bell was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Coroner Ed McAuslan said Bell was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and her cause of death is listed as trauma from the rollover. The roadway was dry at the time of the crash, and weather conditions were not a factor in the incident, according to WHP officials. They are investigating the potential involvement of alcohol, but McAuslan said toxicology test results will not be available for one or two weeks.

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