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Arrest expected soon in fatal hit-and-run

Dec 4, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Officials say they are waiting for autopsy results before they name the woman who died early Monday after an apparent hit-and-run accident in the parking lot of the Rezeride Roadhouse Saloon west of Kinnear.

�We�re hoping to gather enough information at the autopsy to positively identify her,� Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Tuesday. �We have an idea who she is, but I�m not going to say anything until we get that confirmed.�

He said the woman was scheduled for an autopsy at noon Tuesday.

Another woman was injured in the accident and was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials said the Wind River Police Department has detained a third person on unrelated charges who may be the suspect driver.

�It appears we are dealing with a possible homicide,� Fremont County Sheriff�s Capt. Ryan Lee said in a press release. �I am confident an arrest is forthcoming.�

He added that the suspect vehicle also has been detained.

Officers responded at about 2 a.m. Monday to reports of a traffic accident involving injuries at the Rezeride. Lee said they found one person who had been run over by a car in the bar parking lot; McAuslan said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman reportedly was not carrying any identification, and McAuslan said he was unable to get anyone to confirm her identity at the time.

�Things out there, the way they were going on that night ... it wasn�t possible to get people that would be able to positively identify her,� McAuslan said.

He would not discuss the nature of the woman�s injuries.

�That�s the reason for the autopsy,� McAuslan said.

Lee said it appears the deceased woman and the surviving victim both were struck by a vehicle during the incident.

�The two victims were in the parking lot of the bar when they were run over,� he said. �The suspect vehicle fled the area following the incident.�

Detectives will continue to document and compile information, and Lee anticipates the state will file criminal charges in the case soon.

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