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Cheyenne man dies in crash on I-80, cell phone use a possible factor

Trevor T. Trujillo

CASPER, Wyo. — A Cheyenne man died in a fatal crash on I-80 on Thursday, Nov. 7.

John L. Kennedy, 22, has been identified as the victim of the crash which took place west of Cheyenne. He was driving a 2006 Kia SUV.

“A 2006 Kia SUV was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 when the vehicle crossed from the left drive lane, across the right lane, and into the merge lane,” the Wyoming Highway Patrol said on Friday. “After the Kia entered the merge lane, it collided with the back of a 2016 International commercial vehicle.”   

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Speed and cell phone use on Kennedy’s part are being investigated as possible contributing factors to the crash. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the commercial vehicle was not injured and was wearing their seatbelt.

“This is the 134th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2019 compared to 104 in 2018, 116 in 2017, and 99 in 2016 to date,” WHP adds.