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Colorado Man Dies in Wyoming Car Accident

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A one-car accident in Wyoming was responsible for the death of a Colorado man on Sunday. Speed and alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Trey Wilkinson of The Sublette Examiner has the details:

According to a Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) release, the accident occurred at 5:32 p.m. on Sublette County Road 154 five miles north of Pinedale. The driver, Vlademir Villarreal, 24, of Grand Junction, Colorado, was airlifted to Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls and the passenger, Jose Salazar, 27, of Clifton, Colorado, was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this point, only a rough overview of the car accident and its circumstances is available. Wilkinson provides us with some details, as relayed to him by the Wyoming Highway Patrol:

According to the WHP release, Villarreal was southbound on Sublette County Road 154 traveling at an unknown rate of speed. He failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle as it neared the intersecting ‘Y’ with Bridger Teton U.S. Forest Service Road (USFS) 111. The vehicle went off the right side of the curve where it then rolled one time coming to rest on USFS Road 111. Salazar was trapped in the vehicle.

Amy Hamilton, a reporter for The Daily Sentinel, notes one confusing aspect of the crash — the driver of the flipped vehicle went missing from the scene:

The driver of the vehicle, Valdemir Villarreal, 24, of Grand Junction, was missing from the crash site when emergency personnel arrived but turned himself in to authorities three hours later at Sublette County Sheriff’s Department in Pinedale, Wyo., the patrol said. Villarreal was then flown by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Hamilton also reports that the WHP will be turning over the results and data from their investigation to the Sublette County District Attorney’s Office. The DA will then determine whether or not Villarreal will face any charges as a result of the crash.

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