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WEB-FIRST UPDATE: Driver in fatal crash arrested

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013


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TORRINGTON – The driver in the fatal vehicle accident near the Wyoming-Nebraska stateline on Wyoming Highway 92 that resulted in the death of two Scottsbluff, Neb. women was arrested Monday night and formally charged with four felonies.

Ethan Kaufman, 22, faces two counts of aggravated homicide by vehicle and two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing serious bodily injury for the deaths of 19-year-old Hallie Anderson and 18-year-old Alexis Wheeler, both of Scottsbluff.

The charging document also lists the serious bodily injuries to 23-year-old Stetson Allen, of Morrill, Neb. and 19-year-old Tyler Hill, of Lyman, Neb.

Kaufman, of Cheyenne, was attempting to negotiate a slight left-hand curve in the highway when the 2006 GMC Sierra pickup drifted off the right side of the roadway before midnight on Jan. 9, according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) report.

The pickup went into a barrow ditch where it then collided with a private driveway approach, causing the vehicle to vault over the approach and crash into a drainage ditch.

“Upon impact with the drainage ditch, the vehicle flipped end over end, coming to rest on the opposite side of the drainage ditch and coming to rest on its side,” the WHP release reads.

Hill, Wheeler and Anderson were partially ejected from the cab of the pickup and were airlifted by helicopter to Regional West Medical Center.

Wheeler was pronounced dead at 1 a.m. on Jan. 10. Anderson died later that day at 1 p.m.

Kaufman, Allen and James Burford, 20, from Morrill, were taken by ambulance to Community Hospital in Torrington.

Torrington Central Dispatch received the 911 call of a motor vehicle crash at 11:58 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Emergency personnel from the Lyman Fire/EMS, Valley Paramedics, Torrington EMS, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Nebraska State Patrol, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office and Goshen County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area.

Charges were not filed until Goshen County Attorney Patrick Korell had interviewed those involved in the accident and received the results of blood testing. The charges were submitted Monday afternoon.

Check Wednesday's Telegram for a full story.

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