By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Two airmen stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne were killed in a car accident late last week in northern Colorado, the U.S. Air Force announced.
Senior Airman Yasmin Evans, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron, and Senior Airman Taylor Ashley, 90th Missile Security Operations Squadron, were killed in an off-duty car accident when an oncoming vehicle collided with the vehicle they were in around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 85 in Weld County, near the Wyoming border.
“This is a horrible loss that impacts many members of our team,” said Col. Catherine Barrington, 90th Missile Wing commander. “As a wing, we will focus on mourning, remembering our friends and healing with our teammates.”
Also killed in the crash were Jonathan William Upchurch of Rockford, Ill., and his passenger Zane Lee Schure of Fort Collins, according to the Denver Post.
Upchurch was driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee when it crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a Honda driven by Evans, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The crash remains under investigation by the state patrol. Investigators suspect that the driver of the Jeep was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A final manner and cause of the four deaths awaits pending laboratory and autopsy reports. All four were wearing their seatbelts.