Apparent fight in car leads to death of Sidney man in Wyoming crash


A single-vehicle crash in Wyoming last week resulted in the death of 34-year-old Sidney resident Daniel T. Poole.

The crash occurred on July 29 at about 10:35 p.m. on Interstate 25 approximately seven miles south of Douglas, Wyo. Poole was the front-seat passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by his wife, 28-year-old Brittany Poole.

Daniel and Brittany Poole were reported to be arguing while traveling north on I-25, according to Sgt. David Wagener of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. At one point during the argument, Daniel Poole reached over and jerked the steering wheel from his wife, police said. That action sent the Explorer into a skid, which caused the vehicle to leave the highway and roll several times.

Daniel Poole was not wearing his seat belt and ejected during the crash, according to police. He sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Brittany Poole was also not wearing her seat belt and was transported by ground ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas where she has been hospitalized with various injuries.

Properly restrained 7-year old Gavin Poole sustained injury and was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital and then airlifted to a hospital near Denver. Three-month-old Ava Poole was uninjured as she was properly restrained in her child seat, while 6-year-old Alyssa Poole sustained bruises and lacerations.

Fighting in the vehicle is being investigated as the contributing factor in this crash, according to police.

Poole’s death marked the 83rd highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015. There were 83 fatalities in this same time period in 2014.


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