Nov 12, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterTwo Fort Washakie residents were killed early Sunday in a one-vehicle rollover near Ethete.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating excessive speed and alcohol use as contributing factors in the crash.
Officials said Tamara M. Niedo, 27, and Duke Perry, 21, both died at the scene of the rollover, which took place at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday on Wyoming Highway 132.
According to reports, Niedo had been driving the 2003 Dodge Caravan south at a "high rate of speed" when she failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the highway about three miles north of Ethete.
The vehicle reportedly left the roadway to the right and rolled several times before striking a power pole and a right-of-way fence and coming to land upside-down.
Both occupants were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle during the rollover; Coroner Ed McAuslan said they died immediately.
Niedo's initial autopsy states she died of massive chest trauma, while Perry's cause of death was head and neck trauma. Toxicology reports showing alcohol levels were not available.
McAuslan said the impact caused a power outage in Fort Washakie. Employees from High Plains Power reportedly discovered the car crash when they arrived at the scene to investigate the outage.
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