- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Casper man involved in a two-vehicle crash in Gillette that killed his passenger has been acquitted of vehicular manslaughter and negligence.

The Gillette News Record reported Tuesday (https://goo.gl/6dZPbp ) that Circuit Judge Wendy Bartlett determined there was not enough evidence that Lynn Poppell was under the influence of a controlled substance to convict him.

Investigators say Poppell was headed south on Highway 50 when his Jeep went off the road Feb. 2, 2015. He overcorrected, veered across the highway and crashed into an oncoming pickup.

A passenger in Poppell’s Jeep, 32-year-old Alfred Banda, of Sheridan, died at the scene.

Witnesses said Poppell appeared to be looking down while driving. One test confirmed he had methamphetamines in his system, but another determined he wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol.



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