Jul 17, 2015

Cody woman killed in wreck southeast of Powell

A 38-year-old Cody woman was killed in a one-vehicle wreck on Thursday night between Powell and Emblem.

Pilar R. Snelling of Cody was a passenger in the truck and died at the scene, according to a news release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred around 11:50 p.m. at the intersection of Wyoming Highway 295 and Wyoming Highway 32, about 12 miles southeast of Powell.

Personnel with the Powell Volunteer Fire Department and local law enforcement, including the Wyoming Highway Patrol, survey the scene of the crash. Cody News Co. photo by Tessa Schweigert
The 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck, driven by 28-year-old Daniel W. Cook of Emblem, had been traveling east on Wyoming Highway 295 and approaching the intersection with Wyoming Highway 32.

The intersection has a stop sign for east-bound traffic on Wyoming 295. However, the Dodge continued east through the intersection without slowing, crossed Wyoming 32, left the road and struck a sign post and the right-of-way fence, according to Highway Patrol. After striking the fence, the truck vaulted and overturned.

Neither Snelling nor Cook were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, the patrol said.

Snelling was ejected from the truck and sustained fatal injuries at the scene.

Cook, who was not ejected, was taken by ambulance to Powell Valley Hospital. He was treated and later released, the patrol said.

Alcohol is being investigated as the contributing factor in the crash, according to the Highway Patrol. Charges are pending as the investigation continues.

The death marked the 70th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015. There were 74 fatalities during this same time period in 2014.

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