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Arizona man extradited to face charges in fatal 2014 wreck

Jun 2, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

David Hoyt, 54, of Apache Junction, Ariz., has been arrested on a Fremont County warrant for homicide by vehicle related to a fatal accident in January 2014 on South Pass.

The incident resulted in the death of Gerald Haugen, 75, of Cody, at the scene of the two-vehicle, head-on collision.

His passenger, Georgianna C. Haugen, 76, also of Cody, was hospitalized at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper as a result of the incident. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Extradition

Hoyt, the driver of the other vehicle involved, was hospitalized at SageWest Health Care at Lander after the crash, which was reported just before 5 p.m. Jan. 17, 2014, on Wyoming Highway 28 about 34 miles east of Farson.He also was wearing his seatbelt.

Hoyt was cited for driving under suspension, failure to maintain his lane, and no proof of insurance after the incident. Further criminal charges were pending review by the Fremont County Attorney's Office.

"They had to decide ... to charge him," Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Dan Wyrick said Tuesday, explaining why Hoyt's arrest came more than a year after the incident.

Hoyt also fought extradition, Wyrick added.

He was returned to Fremont County this weekend and was arraigned Monday in Fremont County Circuit Court in Lander.

Crash

WHP reports state Hoyt was driving a 2000 Ford F350 pickup westbound for Bear Dog Trucking Inc. when his vehicle left the roadway to the right on Jan. 17. He overcorrected to the left, coming back onto the roadway and crossing the center line into the opposite lane of travel.

The Haugens were headed east in a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country van when Hoyt entered their lane of travel, and the vehicles collided head-on.

After impact, both vehicles came to rest in the eastbound borrow ditch. Georgianna Haugen was extricated from her vehicle and flown to Casper by helicopter for treatment.

The highway was closed for three hours after the crash.

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