Evanston man killed in I-80 single-vehicle wreck

Local first responders work to load a patient into an AirMed helicopter Sunday night after a single-vehicle accident that was reported at 7:25 p.m. The man, Evanston’s James G. La Rocco, died at the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. (COURTESY PHOTO/Uinta County Fire and Ambulance)

An Evanston man suffered fatal injuries during a single-vehicle accident near milepost 26 on Interstate 80 Sunday evening.

James G. La Rocco was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer on westbound I-80, in the left lane, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, when at some point the vehicle crossed into the right lane before driving off the right side of the interstate and overturning.

Troopers were notified of the accident at 7:25 p.m. on Sunday.

La Rocco was flown by AirMed helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he succumbed to his injuries. La Rocco was not wearing a seatbelt, according to WHP, which said a possible medical condition is being investigated as a possible contributing factor to the incident.

This is the 19th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2022, compared to 25 in 2021, 19 in 2020, and 39 in 2019 to date.

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