WPR News
8:24 am
Mon November 19, 2007

Children Dead in Crash

Weston County, WY – Two children are dead after a one-car rollover on highway 116 in Weston County on Friday. The child safety seat holding five-month old Kyle Aylesworth ripped free and smashed through a window, killing the boy. The mini-van was so badly crushed that four-year-old Kody Aylesworth was trapped and had to be extricated. He died at Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota. The driver and mother of the boys, Kristie Aylesworth, survived.

Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman, Stephen Townsend, says they're still investigating why Kyle's safety seat failed. "Troopers are constantly finding older child-restraint seats that are still in use," he says. "They're finding child restraint seats that improperly installed. So it happens more than you would think."

Townsend says conditions were clear at the time of the crash, and it's possible the driver was trying to avoid a deer.