Two teen girls from Kemmerer are dead after a crash on an icy stretch of highway. The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Monday that 18-year-old Moeniqa (MON'-i-ka) Produit and 13-year-old Michelle Allen died in the crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 20/26 50 miles west of Casper.
Sgt. Stephen Townsend Produit was driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre with Allen and two other passengers on board in light snow when lost control when she tried to slow down because of a jackknifed horse trailer blocking part of the road. She crossed into oncoming traffic and a Toyota Tundra pickup hit her car.
Two passengers in Produit's car - a 38-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl -were hospitalized. Three passengers in the Tundra suffered minor injuries.
Light snowfall was falling at the time of the crash and the roadway was partly ice covered. According to witnesses, there was a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer that was jackknifed causing some lane blockage of the roadway. Produit was westbound and started to slow due to the road blockage of the pickup and horse trailer ahead of her. Produit lost control of her vehicle and it crossed the center line going into the opposite lane of travel. Thomas A. Presgrove (48) of Ft. Washakie, WY, who was eastbound, saw the Produit vehicle cross over into his lane and he attempted to slow down and steer towards the westbound lane of travel. His vehicle struck the Produit vehicle on the passenger side.
The injured victims were transported via ground ambulance to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper with the exception of Savage who was transported via private vehicle to Riverton Memorial Hospital in Riverton. The pickup with horse trailer did not remain at the scene and left after the driver regained control of the combination.