Fatal victim of Friday wreck was Denver man

Jul 28, 2015 From staff reports

A Denver man died Friday in a one-vehicle rollover on South Pass.

Joseph M. Rodriguez, 25, of Denver, died at SageWest Health Care at Lander of blunt-force trauma.

The accident took place at about 9:45 a.m. Friday near milepost 33 on Wyoming Highway 28, about 45 miles southwest of Lander.

Passenger Tori Hoggan, 17, of Texas, was transported by helicopter ambulance to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and hospitalized.

Passenger Adrian Nava, 15, was transported by ground ambulance to SageWest Health Care in Lander before being flown by airplane to Children's Hospital of Salt Lake City. Passenger Samantha Rodriguez, 18, of Denver, also was transported by ground ambulance to SageWest Health Care, where she was treated and released.

Passenger Kyla Rodriguez, 5, of Denver, was transported to SageWest Health Care; her status was unknown as of Tuesday.

Reports state Joseph Rodriguez was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer east on the highway when the sport-utility vehicle drifted south off of the road. He overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to spin and cross both lanes of the roadway before it tripped and rolled.

The four older occupants of the vehicle were not properly restrained and were ejected during the incident. Kyla Rodriguez was seated properly in a child restraint and was not ejected.

Inattentive driving is being investigated as the contributing factor in the crash.

Emergency crews were at the site of the crash for just more than three hours, and officials said the highway was shut down for about 50 minutes for the landing and departures of the air ambulances.

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