July 13, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - PRCA timed-event cowboy Brady Wakefield, 20, died Sunday evening (July 12) on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska after losing control of his pickup truck near the Odessa interchange.
Wakefield, of O'Neill, Neb., was driving a 2006 RAM 2500 Diesel pick-up westbound when the rear passenger tire blew out, causing the truck to roll through the median of the interstate. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wakefield's passenger, 58-year-old Jeff Hoier of Herman, Neb., was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover and was transported to CHI Good Samaritan in Kearney, Neb. As of Monday morning, Hoier was listed in fair condition at the hospital.
Nebraska State Police said Wakefield was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Eastbound traffic on I-80 was diverted for 1½ hours, through a rest stop, before both lanes were re-opened.
Wakefield bought his PRCA card last year and finished ninth in the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year Standings among team roping headers while also competing in tie-down roping and steer wrestling. He teamed with Ty Talsma to win the 2014 American Heroes PRCA Rodeo in Hawley, Minn., and was the 2014 RAM Badlands Circuit Rookie of the Year.
This year, Wakefield had been concentrating primarily on steer wrestling, and just had a career-best time of 3.6 seconds to finish second in the July 9-11 Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wis.