Fatal Crash North of Casper
A single vehicle crash north of Casper, Wyoming on October 3rd has resulted in one death. Shaquille E. Thunder Hawk, a 22 year old male resident of Rushville, Nebraska, died in the crash that happened at 4:29 a.m. on Interstate 25 approximately 14 miles north of Casper.
Mr. Thunder Hawk was the passenger in a small, subcompact car driven by 34 year old Elisha L. Yellow-Thunder of Omaha, Nebraska. The car was traveling south on I-25 when it abruptly left the interstate to the east striking a guardrail. The initial impact sent the vehicle to the west across both lanes of I-25 where it collided with a second guardrail. It came to rest in the driving lane of I-25 south.
Elisha Yellow-Thunder was taken to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Her condition is unknown at this time.
Alcohol use and interference with the controls of the vehicle by Mr. Thunder Hawk are currently being investigated in this crash as it still remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time and the case will be sent to the Natrona County District Attorney's Office for review once the investigation is complete.
Mr. Thunder Hawk is projected to be the 114th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015. There were 122 fatalities on October 05th in 2014.
Both occupants had the vehicle seat belts fastened, but both occupants were sitting on top of the seat belts unrestrained rendering the seat belts ineffective. Thunder Hawk was killed inside the cab of the vehicle. The investigating trooper noted in this crash that his fatal injury could have been avoided if the seat belts would have been in proper use.