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One teen killed, another injured in Wednesday crash

A 17-year-old Powell boy died in a Wednesday rollover southeast of town, while another teen was injured.

William C. Hill was a passenger in a southbound 1987 GMC pickup on Road 7 when the vehicle rolled, said a Thursday morning news release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Hill, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene, the release said.

A funeral service will be held Monday in Powell. His obituary can be found here.

The driver, John L. Nave, 17, was taken to Powell Valley Hopsital with injuries the patrol did not specify. Nave was also wearing his seat belt, the release said.

Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle skidded to the left on the gravel road, skidded to the right, then back to the left before entering a broadside slide and going off the road onto the left, according to the Highway Patrol release. Nave is believed to have then over-corrected to the right, which caused the vehicle to roll one complete time, the release said. The truck came to a stop in a ditch on the west side of the road.

The crash, which occurred around 12:15 p.m., necessitated the temporary closure of Road 7 near its intersection with Lane 11.

"Upon completion of the crash investigation all information will be turned over to the Park County Attorney’s Office for their review," said the release. "That office will make the final determination as to the filing of any criminal charges as a result of this crash."

Editor's note: This version corrects that the crash was east, not west, of Powell. It also corrects Nave's age, incorrectly stated by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.


  • posted by Fernando

    November 30, 2012 11:09 am

    Hope John is doing alright. To this day Will is still on my mind. I miss you brother. R.I.P Solider

  • posted by Fernando

    November 09, 2012 7:49 am

    I miss Will so much. He was and still is my best friend and my brother. He is on my mind everyday. I know he will always be with us in our hearts.

  • posted by Bryan Nave

    October 23, 2012 8:34 pm

    My brother is healing well I want to thank everybody on be half of our family for the thoughts and prayers for John. I am sad for Will's family and do not understand myself why this happened. Again I want to thank the community of Powell for everything.

  • posted by Leilani Marie Kin Choy

    October 22, 2012 10:07 am

    I really hope John is ok and his injuries are not fatal. And I give my condolences to Will's family. He was a good guy and will be missed very much.

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