At two-car collision occurred at approximately 4:38 p.m., Feb. 27, at mile marker 377, on the Colorado side of Highway 287, according to Colorado Trooper Josh Lewis. A total of five people were involved, four who are believed to be UW students.
According to Lewis, the driver of a 2005 Subaru Forester, a male, 21, who was the only occupant, appeared to have lost control and the vehicle began spinning, ultimately crossing over into the next lane, where the front of his vehicle struck the side of a 2013 Hyundai sedan (the model is not known at this time).
The collision was witnessed by three other UW students who were traveling in a third vehicle
According to Lewis, drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash. It is believed that speed and winter road conditions may have been the contributing factors.
The driver of the Hyundai, whose name has not been released as of this writing, is an 18-year-old female from Omaha, Neb. Her passengers were two other females and a male.
The two females, one aged 18, from Laramie, the other aged 19, from Texas, were pronounced dead at the scene, as was the driver of the Subaru.
The male passenger was airlifted to the Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colo. The driver was transported via ambulance to Poudre Valley Hospital, suffering minor injuries.
The University of Wyoming students who died include:
Sienna Potter, 18, a first-year student in early childhood education, who attended high school outside London, who has family in Laramie.
Rebecca Marley, 19, a first-year student in marketing who attended high school in Dubai and has family in The Woodlands, Texas.
William Malone, 21, a senior in computer science from Fort Collins.
STATEMENT RELEASED BY UNIVERSITY
“Words fail us, as they simply can’t express our sadness. Our hearts are broken for the families, their friends and our entire community,” wrote UW President Ed Seidel. “Our Dean of Students Office has had contact withal of the family members of those affected, and we’re continuing to reach out to those close to the tragedy.”
The statement then goes on to encourage students who feel they need support to contact the university’s counseling center, as well as the Dean of Students Office. UW Employees could seek assistance through the Employee Assistance Program.
“During what has been an extremely challenging academic year for all of us, this unspeakable loss seems to be almost more than our community can bear. As we grieve the loss of these students and seek to recover from other tragic and distressful developments in recent weeks and months, let’s do our best and pull together, support those who are suffering, and show the compassion and kindness that characterize when it means to be part of this community.”