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Two-year-old killed north of Sheridan in rollover

Two-year-old killed north of Sheridan in rollover

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — A single vehicle rollover crash north of Sheridan today has resulted in the death of a two-year-old child. The male child has been identified as Ja' Kodda R. Wegner from Sheridan. The crash occurred at 12:05 a.m. on the 24th near mile post 17 on Interstate 90 eastbound approximately three miles north of Sheridan, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Ja' Kodda Wegner was a passenger in a 2004 Jeep Liberty driven by 23-year-old Sheridan resident Alyssa Wegner. The Jeep was overcorrected after traveling off the left side of the interstate. During the overcorrection, the Jeep entered a spin, tripped and rolled in the median. The Jeep came to rest in the westbound lanes of I-90. Ja' Kodda Wegner was seated in an improperly installed child seat and was ejected during the crash. He was transported from the crash scene by ground ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Alyssa Wegner was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected during the crash. She was transported by helicopter ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana and has been hospitalized. Kaylla Washburn, 23, Xaiden Wegner, 8 months old, and Emma Pritchett, 1 month old, were all passengers in the Jeep and were properly seated in their seat belt and child seats. The three Sheridan residents were all transported by ground ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Kaylla Washburn and Xaiden Wegner have been hospitalized. Emma Pritchett has been treated and released. The crash did cause a temporary closure of I-90 with traffic being detoured around the crash scene. Driver fatigue is being investigated as the contributing factor in the crash. Improper securing of the child seat is being investigated as the primary reason for the fatality. This crash marked the 138th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015 compared to 140 fatalities during this same reporting period in 2014. #dally #news