Fort Collins man among 3 University of Wyoming students killed in Saturday night crash

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Three University of Wyoming students, including one from Fort Collins, died in a crash near the Colorado-Wyoming border Saturday night.

The three students were killed in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 287 several miles south of the Wyoming border late Saturday night, according to a statement from University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel. 

“Words fail us, as they simply can’t express our sadness,” Seidel said in his statement. “Our hearts are broken for the families, their friends and our entire community.”

The students killed in the crash were:

  • 21-year-old William Malone of Fort Collins, a senior studying computer science
  • 19-year-old Rebecca Marley, a first-year marketing student who attended high school in Dubai and has family in The Woodlands, Texas
  • 18-year-old Sienna Potter, a first-year student studying early childhood education who attended high school near London, England, and has family in Laramie, Wyoming.

Malone was driving a Subaru Forester southbound when he lost control and slid into the oncoming lane and into the path of a Hyundai sedan, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said. 

The Hyundai T-boned Malone’s vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Marley and Potter, passengers in the Hyundai, were also pronounced dead at the scene, Lewis said.

The driver of the Hyundai was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital with minor injuries, Lewis said. The fourth passenger in the Hyundai suffered serious injuries and is in critical condition at Medical Center of the Rockies.

Three other University of Wyoming students traveling in a third vehicle witnessed the crash, according to the university.

Seidel said the Dean of Students Office has been in contact with the victims’ families and continues to support anyone closely impacted by the incident. 

Students can contact the university counseling center for support from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 307-766-2187 or the after-hours crisis counseling service at 307-766-8989.

University employees can seek support through the Employee Assistance Program by contacting 1-888-993-7650.

The Dean of Students Office is available for well-being support or academic assistance at 307-766-3296.

Sady Swanson covers public safety, criminal justice, Larimer County government and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at sswanson@coloradoan.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.