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Nine-year-old Dead, Three Others Injured in Two-car Crash in Cheyenne


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According to SweetwaterNOW, a nine-year-old girl is killed in a two-vehicle crash involving an instructional permit driver in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Thursday evening.

Details of Fatal Wreck

Kendra Grigg, 15, drove her Ford Taurus near the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Interstate 80 just a mile west of Cheyenne when the accident occurred. Inside her car was her nine-year-old sister, five-year-old sister, and her father. Kendra Griggs legally operated the vehicle with an instructional permit.

The eldest Grigg sister attempted to enter the intersection from the off ramp but did not yield to an oncoming pickup truck, reports SweetwaterNOW. The Ford F-150, driven by 35-year-old Brandon Houseman, crashed into the car, broadsiding the Grigg vehicle in a “T-bone” fashion.

According to SweetwaterNOW, Makayla Grigg died at the scene of the accident. Kaytlyn Grigg required an airlift to Denver Children’s Hospital. Kendra and her father, Phillip, sustained injuries and received treatment at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

The driver of the pickup truck did not suffer from injuries, reports SweetwaterNOW. Everyone involved in the wreck wore proper restraints. Makayla Grigg’s tragic death marks the 103rd highway fatality in Wyoming in 2016.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information regarding motor vehicle accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people were injured in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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