• November 02, 2022

Teen Driver Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on SH 220 near Casper, WY

Casper, WY — October 31, 2022, a 15-year-old driver died in a crash with a dump truck on State Highway 220 near Casper.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. along WY-220 near Highway 487. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Mitsubishi Galant west on the highway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The car then collided with an oncoming dump truck.

The teen died at the scene of the wreck. The dump truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues but police say driver inattention may have been a factor.

No further information is currently available.

Teen Driver Killed in Crash with Dump Truck on SH 220 near Casper, WY

Commentary on Auto Accident on SH-220 near Casper

Crashes involving teen drivers, serious and terrible as they often are, don't always get the careful investigation they deserve. Why? Because many people regard them mostly as tragic byproducts of inexperienced or potentially-reckless young people taking risks behind the wheel, prematurely pinning the blame on the drivers without waiting for the facts to come in. While I have no reason to question police in Casper, I see they already mentioned inattention and I wonder if they too are too quickly blaming a careless youngster.

It's true that statistically young drivers make more than their share of mistakes at the wheel, but obviously it's important to find out if there's more to the story. Things like tire blowouts, slick roads, and vehicle defects may not be all that common, but they can't be ignored when putting the puzzle together.

Unfortunately, those elements are often overlooked as law enforcement focuses in on single-factor explanations. Turning a blind eye to other possibilities is a problem if it means someone gets blamed for a wreck that was actually out of their hands. Will police invest appropriate time and care to ensure the victim's loved ones get the whole truth, or should someone else fill in the remaining blanks?

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