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Car's driver hospitalized after wreck, gunshot wound
Jun 20, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
A 33-year-old Kinnear woman was still in the hospital Wednesday after being involved in a one-vehicle collision this weekend in rural Fremont County.
Reports state the woman also suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head during the incident.
She had just left the scene of a family fight that was reported at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday on Diversion Dam Road, according to officials.
"Prior to (our) arrival, the female half of the altercation had left the residence in a vehicle," Undersheriff Ryan Lee wrote in a press release.
"Upon arrival, deputies were informed the woman had fled the area in a vehicle after making several comments about harming herself."
The domestic dispute was between the woman and her boyfriend, Lee said. The male half had reported the fight.
A trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol was responding to assist the Sheriff's office when he saw the woman crash her vehicle on U.S. Highway 26 near Diversion Dam Road.
"The trooper ... observed the vehicle cross the center line and veer off the opposite side of the highway, through the barrow ditch and right-of-way fence," Lee wrote.
When the trooper approached the vehicle, he said he saw a gunshot wound to the woman's head.
Lee said officials have determined that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, though the exact timing of the gunshot is unknown at this time.
"We do not know if the injury occurred while she was driving the vehicle, or immediately after the collision," Lee said. "That is still unclear."
The woman, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to Lander Regional Hospital. On Wednesday Lee said the woman was in critical condition at an undisclosed medical facility outside of the state.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.