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Details released on deadly crash that killed Jackson teen

Published On: Jun 12 2013 02:04:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 04:02:54 PM CDT
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The Wyoming Highway Patrol has released information on the rollover crash in Teton County, Wyo., that killed a Jackson teen.

Police said the accident occurred Sunday around 5 p.m. when Sydney L. Judge, 16, of Jackson was southbound on U.S. Highway 89, five miles south of Jackson, in a Ford F-350 pickup loaded with hay bales.

Judge drifted off the right side of the roadway. Judge overcorrected the to the left, then back to the right. The right steering maneuver caused the vehicle to go into a broadside slide, whereupon it hit the curb, then rolled multiple times down a grade, crossing a bicycle path.

The vehicle stopped rolling when it struck a residential building.

During the rollover, Judge, who police said was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the pickup.

Judge died at the crash.

Police said the reason Judge drifted in the first place is unknown in a news release Wednesday. However, the Jackson Hole Daily earlier reported that investigators believe Judge, a high school rodeo competitor who just finished her junior year at Jackson Hole High School, may have been distracted by an electronic device while driving. An iPad displaying the login screen was found on her passenger seat. Investigators are also examining her cell phone. A witness said no one cut her off.

Teton County is also mourning the death of another teenager who died over the weekend. On Saturday, the body of 19-year-old Austin Kortum, a Summit High School graduate, was found by deputies along Greys River Road in Lincoln County. No cause of death has been released in that case.