Larry Schofield (65) was on the scene of a car vs. deer crash on eastbound Interstate 90 with his tow truck. A Wyoming Trooper was still on scene investigating the crash. Emergency lights were activated on the vehicles. All of the vehicles were parked on the eastbound emergency lane shoulder and there was no blockage of the two eastbound lanes of travel. Schofield was standing on the driver’s side of his rollback tow truck working the controls in order to recover the damaged vehicle from the car vs. deer crash. Justin Helsper (28), who was also eastbound, failed to move over and struck Schofield with the right front of his vehicle. After impact, Helsper failed to stop and continued eastbound. The Trooper on scene notified another Trooper who observed Helsper’s vehicle eastbound approximately 1½ mile from the fatal crash scene. Helsper’s vehicle was stopped and he was taken into custody and faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide. Troopers investigating this fatal crash believe alcohol is a contributing factor and are awaiting toxicology results.
The crash resulted in a temporary closure of the eastbound lanes of I-90 for approximately 3½ hours.
LOCATION OF THE CRASH
Milepost #: 126.5 Time of Crash: 8:39 P.M.
Highway: Interstate 90 Date of Crash: 12/18/12
*Location Info: At Gillette in Campbell County
A 28 year old Gillette man was taken to the Campbell County Detention Center last night. Campbell County Sheriff's Investigator Gary Sams said the man was held as a felony aggravated vehicular homicide suspect. Emergency responders were dispatched about 8:39 pm on November 18th, 2012 to mile marker 126 I-90 for a vehicle accident. Personnel with the Campbell County Coroners Office said a 65 year old local man was killed in that accident. Sams said the case is being handled by the Wyoming Highway Patrol. We will provide more information when the report is released from that agency.
Trooper J T Briggs:
Jim H. Brown, Deputy Building Official for the city of Gillette, WY., has been elected to the International Code Council Board of Directors.
Through public/private sector collaboration, Code Council Members develop model building codes that guide safe and sustainable construction across the country and around the world. Code uniformity promotes safe, affordable construction growth. Read more: Gillette Deputy Building Official Elected to International Code Council Board
The City of Gillette's Engineering Division announced today that the "Prepare to Stop when Flashing" signs located on Southern Drive to the east and west of the Enzi Drive/Southern Drive intersection will be inactive for approximately three weeks beginning Monday, November 19th. Read more: "Prepare to Stop when Flashing" Signs on Southern Drive to be inactive
On November 17th at the Gillette College Presentation Hall, the Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host the International Survivors of Suicide Day Broadcast. Check-In for the event will be 10:45am. During this broadcast by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a diverse panel of individuals bereaved by suicide will address the questions that many survivors face: Why did this happen? How can I cope? Where can I find support?
This event will be open to the public. Individuals are encouraged to RSVP so hosts can make sure not to overbook the space. The broadcast of those left behind after a suicide is described as intense, so counseling services will be available on sight. Preventative services and resources will also be on hand.
The number of suicides in Campbell County for 2012 (13) has already past the total number of suicides for 2011, Christine Johnson is one of those left behind and learning the cope with the tragedy of a teen suicide.
Date: Saturday, November 17th
Check-In Time: 10:45am
Broadcast Start Time: 11am
Discussion/Closing Ceremony: 12:30pm
Location: Gillette College – Presentation Hall
From the Emmy winning, widely renowned children's science TV show, Beakman's World, the entertaining and enlivening scientist Beakman performs live on stage as Beakman on the Brain, a show about the human brain. The show is known for the simple and elegant ways to explain sophisticated scientific principles, using applied science that relates to children's lives. Plus the show is fast-moving, funny, and engaging.Read more: BEAKMAN ON THE BRAIN
The Campbell County Observer is asking for volunteers for organizing a cleanup of the BLM land on Union Chapel Road west of Sleepy Hollow. “We do this every year,” owner Nicholas De Laat said. “After hunting season is a good time to get all the land picked up so that we can keep using it.”
Read more: Clean-up Help Wanted For BLM Land