Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Accident Near Laramie

Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Accident Near Laramie

LARAMIE – A fatal crash south of Laramie has resulted in the death of 57-year-old Robert Wight and 46-year-old Dawn Wight, both residents of Sandy, Utah. The crash occurred on November 10th at 11:00 p.m. near mile post 413 on US Highway 287 approximately 13 miles south of Laramie.

According to a Wyoming Highway Patrol Press Release:

Dawn Wight was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander van traveling south on US-287 when the Chevy van was struck head-on by a northbound commercial truck towing a trailer driven by 58-year-old Charles Gibson of Midwest City, Oklahoma. The commercial truck and trailer, driven by Gibson, had drifted into the southbound lane of US 287 while traveling north prior to the crash. The commercial truck caught fire after the crash.

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Dawn Wight was wearing her seat belt and sustained fatal injuries on scene. Robert Wight was seated in the middle seat of the van unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries on scene. Two juvenile male passengers in the van were transported to medical facilities in Laramie, Wyoming and Denver, Colorado and have been hospitalized.

Gibson was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. Driver fatigue is being investigated as the contributing factor in this crash.

Gibson has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide. This crash marked the 100th and 101st highway fatality in Wyoming for 2016. There were 135 fatalities during this same time period in 2015.