At least 9 people killed in recent crashes in Wyoming



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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in recent crashes on the state's roadways, including three who died in a crash near Evanston last week, the Wyoming Highway Patrol said.

A westbound sport utility vehicle drove into an Interstate 80 truck pull-off area at highway speeds last Thursday, striking a commercial trailer, the patrol said.

The crash killed Kari Koritnik, 37, of Rock Springs along with a 26-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, both from Indian Springs, Nevada. A passenger from Texas was critically injured. Officials say the driver, who also was injured, may face charges.

On Friday, one person was killed and five others were injured in a crash on Interstate 80 near Rock Springs. The victim's name and age haven't been released.

Also Friday, a pilot spotted a car that is believed to have crashed on Interstate 90 north of Sheridan on Aug. 1. Marvin Updike, 67, of Rathdrum, Idaho was found dead in his vehicle, the patrol said. The patrol was investigating whether a medical condition or driver fatigue contributed to the crash. The wreckage of his car couldn't be seen from the highway.

On Saturday, two people died in a crash in the Snake River canyon in west-central Wyoming. Jay Dee Lish, 27, of Star Valley died at the scene, Lincoln County Coroner Michael Richins said. Officials would not release the name of the second victim, a minor who died at an Idaho hospital.

Daniel Sutherland, 40, of Sheridan was killed in a rollover crash on Wyoming Highway 345 near Sheridan last Wednesday while a motorcyclist died in a collision with a pickup truck in Casper on Friday night, the patrol said. The victim of the motorcycle crash hasn't been identified.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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