Man killed in weekend fatality |

Man killed in weekend fatality

Christina M. Currie

One man died and his two passengers were flown out of Craig on Flight for Life Saturday night after a rollover accident 25 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13.

According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brad Keadle, a preliminary investigation indicates the accident was caused because the driver was speeding and was likely intoxicated.

Chad Wagley, 25, was driving a 2001 Dodge pick-up at around 9 p.m. when he lost control while driving around a curve, drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected back onto the highway and rolled the vehicle twice. He, his fiance, Lucille Bass, 25, and passenger Skyler Swanson, 20, were all thrown from the vehicle. None of them were wearing seatbelts.

Wagley was dead when officers arrived at the scene. Keadle believes the cause of death was head, neck and internal injuries.

Bass was flown to Denver on Sunday morning with a broken neck and a lacerated liver. Her eye was injured badly enough that officers thought she would lose her vision, but Keadle was informed this morning that wasn’t the case. She was listed in serious condition at the Denver Health Medical Center this morning.

Swanson was flown to Grand Junction Saturday night with a split pelvis and internal injuries. He is listed in fair condition at St. Mary’s Hospital this morning.

“They’ll both make it,” Keadle said.

Wagley and Bass are Mertzon, Texas, residents working in the oil fields in Wyoming. Swanson lives in Pine Haven, Wyo.

The trio was heading from Gillette, Wyo., to Rifle and it was their intention to stop in Craig to watch the Lennox Louis and Mike Tyson fight. Keadle believes they took a wrong turn on the way to Craig, which put them behind schedule. They left at 3 p.m. to catch the fight, which was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. The trip, driving the speed limit, takes approximately 8 hours, Keadle said.

A witness said they were driving approximately 80 mph.

“Don’t speed, don’t drink and drive and wear a seatbelt,” Keadle said. “These people probably would have been OK if they were wearing their seatbelts.”

According to Keadle, a recent study showed that Moffat County residents were some of the worst in the state as far as wearing seatbelts. Fewer than 50 percent were charted wearing seatbelts during the study.

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