Man named in fatal car crash; speed thought to be big factor

Sep 5, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Authorities have identified the man who died early Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover north of Lander.

Brodie Schneider, 23, died at the scene of the crash, Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen said.

Investigative reports indicate Schneider was the driver and sole occupant of the passenger vehicle involved.


The fatal incident took place at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday near milepost 5 on U.S. Highway 287 north of Lander, according to initial reports.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Schneider was driving south at a high rate of speed when he approached an area where the roadway curves to the left and downgrades slightly.

His vehicle left the lane of travel and crossed the rumble strips, causing Schneider to over-correct to the left, the WHP report states.

The vehicle then crossed the northbound lane and left the roadway, striking a delineator and a right-of-way fence and jumping a ditch before going through some trees and crossing a small creek.

When it landed, the WHP says the car began to turn counterclockwise, rolling 1.5 times before coming to rest on its roof.

Schneider was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, according to the WHP report.

Roads were dry, and weather conditions were clear at the time.

Speed is listed as a contributing factor in the incident.

Though the WHP filed a report in the case, WHP Lt. Lee Pence said the Wind River Police Department will handle the investigation into the crash.

"WRPD worked that case," he said Tuesday. "We helped them out, but it's their jurisdiction."

Schneider's obituary says he was from Lander.

A cause of death determination is pending toxicology tests.

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