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Two women were injured Thursday in a one-vehicle rollover near Newton Lakes. (Photo by Park County Sheriff's Office)

Two Cody residents, including a Cody High School freshman and a recent Heart Mountain Academy graduate, remain hospitalized after a one-vehicle rollover on the evening of April 1 on Road 7WC.

CHS freshman Tessa Jordan and Meleah Hicks, a HMA 2020 graduate, were both seriously injured, according to the Park County Sheriff’s Office. Mother Nicole Perkins said Jordan was able to come home Wednesday from Salt Lake City to do physical therapy at home.

At 5:33 p.m., the 911 Communications Center received a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Road 7WC. A deputy was dispatched as was an ambulance from Cody Regional Health along with Cody firefighters.  

Upon arrival within five minutes, officials identified two female victims, both having sustained severe injuries. One female was ejected from the vehicle and one was still in the vehicle which was resting on its top. The investigation revealed the vehicle was westbound on County Road 7WC, roughly 180 feet before the intersection with the Shooting Complex Road. According to a Sheriff’s Office release, it appeared the passenger side tires went off the west side of the roadway, twice. The second time, the driver overcorrected and crossed the entire roadway to the east side.  

Skid marks were observed spanning 147 feet across the roadway. Following the skid marks, officials discovered there were trip marks that indicated that the vehicle rolled three times before coming to a stop on its roof. The entire incident happened over 475 feet.

Both subjects were transported via Cody Regional Health ambulance initially to Billings. 

Mason Carmon, Hicks’ boyfriend and the one who organized her GoFundMe, posted that she is doing well. 

“She still has a couple days in the hospital,” he said. “When she leaves she’s going to spend some time in rehab to get her moving and slowly progress to be able to come home. This is going to be a long road. Thank you, everyone. She loves you all.”

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(2) comments

Laura Brown

OK...says they were traveling west, which is accurate. But then they shoulders of the road are east and west of a westbound road??? I don't want to travel or hike with anyone that has that directional (dis)abilities...

Charles Alexander

The car is resting off the East side of the road on the section that runs North and South. The confusing part (to me) is the choice of words when describing their relation to the shooting complex road. If they were traveling West (away from the highway), then they were past the shooting complex road, not before (as the picture supports, the car is past the road, even though you can't see it in the picture). Perhaps the car started to lose control on the corner before the shooting complex road, as it does say that the incident spanned over 400 feet.

I hope for a full recovery of the women involved.

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