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A Casper man was killed early Friday in a crash near Laramie, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Nathan Pieper, 22, was a passenger in a 2002 Ford Mustang that was being driven by Tyler Lane, 21, of Torrington, the highway patrol said in a release.

Before the crash, a Laramie police officer had tried to stop the Mustang for not having its headlights on, the release said. It said Lane eluded the officer, who stopped the short chase because the speeds were too extreme for city limits.

The Mustang briefly left the road and struck a piece of wood while trying to use the on-ramp onto Interstate 80 westbound from Grand Avenue around 3:10 a.m., the release said. The car slid, left the roadway, tripped and rolled.

Pieper, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected and taken by ambulance to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, where he died, according to the release.

Lane and another passenger, Zachariah Pieper, 21, of Mitchell, Nebraska, were not ejected. They were taken by ambulance to the same hospital, where they were treated and released.

Impaired driving and eluding a police officer are being examined as contributing factors in the crash, which marked the 12th highway death in the state for the year.

Lane was arrested and booked in at the Albany County Detention Center in Laramie. He was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while impaired, driving without a valid driver's license, failure to maintain a single lane of travel, unsafe tires and no seat belt. 

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