UPDATE: Casper College Student Dies In Car Crash
A Casper College student died and another was injured in a car crash near Wright this week, according to college officials.
Freshman Megan Skinner, 18, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was returning to Casper on a personal trip and not on an official college trip, college spokeswoman Lisa Icenogle said.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating speed and weather conditions as contributing factors in this crash, according to a news release from Patrol Sgt. David Wagener.
The crash probably happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday on Wyoming State Highway 387 about 14 miles west of Wright. The crash was not discovered until about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Skinner was driving a pickup westbound the highway when it left the pavement to the north. The pickup entered a spin in a ditch, tripped and rolled three times down an embankment
She and her passenger, Autumn Horneck, 20, of Casper were not wearing their seat belts and were ejected during the crash.
Skinner died at the scene. Horneck was taken by helicopter ambulance to Swedish Medical Center in Denver and has been hospitalized.
Skinner is projected to be the 124th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015. There were 129 fatalities during this same time last year.
Casper College President Darren Divine wrote in an email to students, faculty, and staff on Thursday that Skinner was an occupational therapy assistant student. She also was active in the college's music program and served as an ambassador in the student services department,
"Those who knew her described Megan as kind, sweet, engaging and well-liked," Divine wrote. "She had strong interpersonal skills that allowed her to forge tight friendships with the student services staff and her fellow Ambassadors."
College officials have been in close contact with her instructors and those who lived on her residence hall floor, he wrote. "We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends."