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'A laugh that you cannot forget,' PHS student killed in Jan. 1 crash remembered for her humor, support of friends

Daile Pascoe Daile Pascoe Courtesy photo

Daile Lin Pascoe had a laugh that her friends can still hear echo down the halls of Powell High School.

“Every time I think of Daile, I think of her laugh,” Taylor Woodward said Monday. “She has like a laugh that you cannot forget.”

Pascoe, a PHS senior, died in a one-vehicle rollover accident west of Powell early on Jan. 1. She was 17.

The crash took place around 1:45 a.m. near 1396 Road 19, past the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. There were three other PHS students in the vehicle, but no one else was injured.

According to the Park County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation revealed that the driver, a 17-year-old male, was operating a 2006 Dodge pickup northbound on Road 19. He told investigators he was going 50 miles per hour. 

As he approached the crest of a hill, the truck hit a patch of ice and it began to slide sideways, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The driver over-corrected and continued to slide sideways onto a dry portion of the road.

The vehicle then slid off of the east side of Road 19, where it struck a ditch and rolled one and one-half times, coming to rest on its roof in a field.  

Pascoe, who was seated in the front passenger seat, was pinned in the vehicle by the collapsed roof and had to be extricated by members of the Powell Volunteer Fire Department. She was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders from Powell Valley Ambulance. Pascoe was not wearing a seat belt.

The other two passengers, a 17-year-old juvenile male seated in the rear passenger side seat, and a 17-year-old juvenile female seated in the rear center seat, were uninjured, as was the driver.

The driver and female passenger were wearing their seat belts. The male passenger was not.

The fatal accident comes on the heels of a report that there was an unwelcome resurgence in the number of deadly crashes in Wyoming in 2014. According to numbers compiled by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, 148 people were killed in traffic crashes in the state, compared to 87 people in 2013.

Kelsey Marchant was the other girl in the truck when the crash occurred. She said the four friends just wanted to go for a drive, and Pascoe wanted to see a large siphon on Heart Mountain.

“She hadn’t been there in awhile,” Marchant said.

The crash remains under investigation; however, alcohol use is not suspected. The matter will be handed over to the Park County Attorney’s Office to see if any charges will be filed, according to the PCSO.

“No one’s blaming anybody, so that’s nice,” said senior Makaila Moore, who was close with Pascoe. “It was just an accident.”

Woodward said she cannot recall a time when she and Pascoe were not friends, “since before elementary school.” She said Pascoe was strong and supportive.

“I’d always go to her for advice,” Woodward said. “And she always had the perfect advice.”

Marchant said she and Pascoe had been friends since sixth grade, when Marchant moved to Powell. She said she remembers her best friend as “crazy, spontaneous ... just one of a kind.”

Moore, 17, moved to Powell five years ago and soon became friends with Pascoe.

“She was funny. She was a really funny girl,” she said. “She always had a joke about something. She was very protective of her friends. She was such a sweet girl.”

But Moore said Pascoe was not afraid to tell you what she thought, either.

“She wouldn’t hesitate to tell you if you were wrong about something,” she said.

Pascoe was a volleyball team manager in the past, and although she did not perform that role this season, she was a “huge supporter,” Moore said.

“She was always there for the volleyball team,” she said.

Pascoe worked at the Vali Twin Cinema and KPOW in Powell and planned to attend Northwest College, where she wanted to study broadcast journalism, according to her friends.

Pascoe’s parents are John and Susan Pascoe of Powell. She has two sisters, Sarah Pascoe and Katie Bennett and was very close to nephews Kanton and Kooper Apanashk.

PHS Principal Jim Kuhn said, “Daile was a great young lady. I’m not sure if I ever talked to her that she did not have a smile on her face,” he said. “She was very involved in school and school activities and she was always a great role model. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

“There are no words that can express what they are going through,” he said. “I know that Daile had a positive impact on her friends, teachers and coaches. She will be missed.”

Kuhn said counseling was “available for students who may need some help in dealing with this tragedy.”

“They’ve been very good about making us feel supported,” Woodward said. “It’s getting better every day.”

A service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at New Life Church in Powell. A full obituary will be published Thursday.

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