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Alcohol may have played role in fatal motorcycle crash in Casper

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A motorcyclist died in Casper on Sunday after a crash with the driver of a minivan, police said on Tuesday.

The crash reportedly occurred around 4 p.m. on Sunday, at the intersection of East Third Street and Country Club Road.

The motorcyclist, 25-year-old Casper resident Cruz Cain Paulsen, was pronounced dead at Wyoming Medical Center.

Police say that alcohol may have been involved in the crash.

Casper Police Department spokesperson Rebekah Ladd said that due to an ongoing investigation, the department cannot disclose which party may have been under the influence. Ladd also said police cannot release whether alcohol is a suspected factor for one or both people involved in the crash.

Officers found the minivan driver in a parking lot near the intersection after the crash, after spotting the car with apparent damage from the collision.

Ladd said she did not know specifically where on the car the damage was, or how serious.

Details regarding the motorcycle’s or minivan’s speed also could not be released, Ladd said, as well as information about which direction each was going at the time of the crash.

According to Ladd, alcohol is the only substance police currently suspect as a factor, but that could change depending on the ongoing investigation.

No charges have been brought against the driver. Ladd said on Tuesday that the driver is cooperating with police.

Follow city and crime reporter Ellen Gerst on Twitter at @ellengerst.

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