First Wyoming highway fatality of 2016 takes the life of a 44 year old Florida man

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - A 44 year old Florida man has died in a single vehicle rollover crash just east of Cheyenne on Interstate 80, Sunday afternoon. The Florida resident was a passenger in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was driven by Nathan Perkins, 25, of Pensacola, Florida. WHP believe that Perkins fell asleep while driving, crossing over the median roadway and striking a delineator post. After striking the post, Perkins over-corrected the vehicle to the right, crossing both eastbound lanes of I-80 and leaving the interstate to the south when the Jeep rolled multiple times. ​ The 44 year old passenger was incorrectly wearing his seat belt by sitting on top of the lap belt with the shoulder belt placed over his body. The passenger was then ejected from the Jeep during the crash and sustained fatal injuries on scene, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol. The driver was wearing his seat belt and was transported by ground ambulance to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie. ​ Wyoming Highway Patrol are investigating driver fatigue as the contributing factor in this crash, while Perkins has been cited for careless driving. The name of the 44 year old man has not yet been released as authorities continue to locate next of kin for notification. This crash was the first highway fatality of the new 2016 year. Troopers believe this death could have been avoided had the passenger properly utilized the lap belt. *H/t photos: Wyoming Highway Patrol/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news