Highway Patrol Identifies Victims Of Fatal Crash On Monday
The Wyoming Highway Patrol has identified the three people who died in a two-vehicle collision north of Casper on Monday.
The deceased are Scott Burgess, 51, of Mills; Dustin Jutting, 28, of Wright; and Jennifer Griffith, 29, also of Wright, according to a news release from Patrol Sgt. David Wagener.
The road conditions were poor with packed snow and low visibility with blowing snow.
At 6:45 p.m. Monday,Jutting was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Cruze northbound on Wyoming Highway 259 about four miles south of Midwest.
Burgess was driving a 1999 Ford Taurus southbound, when he lost control and the car began to spin into the northbound lane.
Jutting attempted to avoid the oncoming Ford, but was unsuccessful and collided head-on.
Jutting and Burgess sustained fatal injuries on scene from the crash.
Jutting was wearing his seat belt. Burgess was not.
Griffith was sitting in the front seat and wearing her seat belt, but she still sustained injuries. Griffith was taken by ground ambulance to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and died after arriving at the hospital.
The child also was in the Cruze and was secured in a proper child seat. He was taken to the hospital, treated for minor injuries and released.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a third vehicle involved in the crash, according to the news release.
The crash temporarily closed the highway, and traffic was detoured.
The patrol is investigating Burgess' speeding too fast for the conditions of the
highway as the contributing factor in the crash.
This crash marked the 15th, 16th and 17th fatalities on Wyoming highways for 2015.