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Alcohol not factor in fatal drag race

Submitted by Newsroom on March 3, 2011 – 12:02 pmNo Comment


Alcohol not factor in fatal drag race

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office released information today saying the teen-ager from Lander killed in January while drag racing was not drinking alcohol. The fatal crash happened on a Sunday night on Tweed Lane in the teen-ager’s hometown.

Det. Sgt. Ryan Lee says evidence shows alcohol was not involved in the Jan. 16 crash that killed the 17-year-old driver, Zachariah Robinson, and seriously injured his 15-year-old male passenger.

Both were taken to the hospital in Lander. The driver died of blunt force trauma, according to Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan. His passenger, whom was not named by the sheriff’s office, has recovered from his injuries.

The sheriff’s detective says the 17-year-old was speeding at 110 to 120 mph when he lost control of his older model Oldsmobile Sedan at the top of a hill and it went rolling several times before hitting a power pole, ejecting both teens.

The vehicle he was racing was not involved in the crash because the investigation shows the driver had already backed off and slowed down. No one else was riding in either vehicle, but several teen-agers were in the area watching the race.

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