Riverton Teen Dies When Stolen Car Tumbles Down Hill

A 17-year-old Riverton girl died and several other people were injured when a stolen BMW sedan veered off the road and tumbled down a hill on the west side of Riverton early Wednesday morning, police say.

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Clair McFarland

June 14, 20231 min read

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A 17-year-old girl died and several other people were hurt in an early morning crash in Riverton on Wednesday when a stolen BMW sedan veered off the road and tumbled down a hill, authorities say. 

Someone stole the car overnight Tuesday and the crash happened about 5:11 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement by Riverton Police Department Chief Eric Hurtado and an RPD call log.

The statement says the girl, a Riverton teen, was pronounced dead at the scene, and others were rushed to a local hospital with injuries.

The vehicle had been stolen that night from the Riverton Golf Course area, a generally affluent neighborhood. 

The crash happened on Valley View Road in the hilly region surrounding the Riverton Regional Airport, which sits on a peak overlooking the town. 

Riverton Police and the Wyoming Highway Patrol are investigating. Riverton Regional Airport Fire Rescue and ambulance personnel also responded to scene.

Clair McFarland can be reached at Clair@CowboyStateDaily.com.

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Clair McFarland

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