A Wyoming teen is dead following a single-vehicle rollover crash involving a stolen vehicle, authorities say.

The crash happened around 5:09 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, on Valley View Road near the Riverton Regional Airport.

Wyoming Highway Patrol
Wyoming Highway Patrol

According to a fatality crash summary from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, seven people were headed east in a stolen Mercedes when the driver went off the left-hand side of the road, overcorrected, and then went off the right-hand side of the road.

The Mercedes then tripped and rolled before coming to rest on its driver's side in a deep ravine.

"All occupants fled the crash scene and were contacted by law enforcement later," the summary reads. "Occupant positions within the vehicle are still under investigation."

According to the summary, six of the occupants escaped injury, but an unbuckled 17-year-old died from their injuries.

The summary says speed and other factors possibly contributed to the crash.

This is the second Wyoming juvenile to die on Wyoming's highways so far this year.


2022's Deadliest Wyoming County by Traffic Deaths

While car crashes can occur anywhere, some roads in Wyoming are more dangerous than others.

According to Wyoming Highway Patrol data, there were 117 fatal crashes in the Cowboy State in 2022 resulting in 133 deaths.

Of those fatal crashes, the majority (13.68%) occurred in Laramie County -- two in January, one in February, one in March, two in April, one in June, two in July, three in August, two in September, one in November, and one in December.

Sweetwater County saw the second most fatal crashes last year, 12, while Fremont and Lincoln counties each saw 10.

Albany and Park counties each recorded eight, and Campbell, Converse, and Natrona counties each tallied seven.

The deadliest 2022 crash in Laramie County took place on June 17 when two semis collided on Interstate 80 east of Cheyenne and immediately became engulfed in flames killing both drivers and a passenger.

Laramie County also saw two fatal crashes involving motorcyclists, two fatal crashes involving juveniles, and a fatal crash involving a pedestrian last year.

Below is the Wyoming Highway Patrol narrative of every fatal crash that occurred in Laramie County in 2022.

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