3 die in crash north of Cheyenne

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The Wyoming Highway Patrol has released information regarding a highway crash that claimed the lives of three people involved.

According to a WHP statement, the fatal crash occurred on January 11th, 2019,near milepost 37 of US 85, north of Cheyenne. Around 4:58 pm, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the area for a two-vehicle collision.

A 1996 GMC Yukon was believed to have been traveling southbound on US 85 when it crossed the center line and entered the northbound lane colliding head-on with a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country.

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The driver of the Chrysler has been identified as 26-year-old Miguel Cruz. The passenger has been identified as 29-year-old Selena Cruz. Both of the occupants of the Chrysler were identified as residents of Lyman, Nebraska. The driver and passenger were both wearing seatbelts and succumbed to injuries sustained at the crash.

The driver of the GMC has been identified as 44-year-old Cheyenne, Wyoming resident Lila Mikesell. Mikesell was not wearing her seatbelt and succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.

Reckless driving and impairment are being investigated on the part of Mikesell as contributing factors.

This is the 5th, 6th, and 7th fatality on Wyoming’s highways for 2019.