Fatal crashes occur on Wyoming highways near Lyman, Thermopolis

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On February 7, 2019, a fatal crash occurred at milepost 32 on Interstate 80 west of Lyman, Wyoming. 

Around 12:28 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the area for a one-vehicle rollover, according to a press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

According to the release, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling east on Interstate 80 when the vehicle drifted off the left side of the roadway and overturned. 

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The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as 51-year-old Victorville, California resident Alfonso Ortiz.  Ortiz was wearing his seatbelt and transported to Evanston Regional Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. 

The passenger in the front has been identified as 40-year-old Victorville, California resident Julio Hernandez.  Hernandez was wearing his seatbelt and transported to the Evanston Regional Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. 

The passenger in the back seat of the Chevrolet has been identified as 37-year-old Batesland, South Dakota resident Theodore Earring.  Earring was not wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. 

Driving too fast for road conditions is being investigated as a contributing factor.  The road conditions were slick at the time of the crash. It was the 15th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2019.

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Also on February 7, 2019, a fatal crash occurred at milepost 5 on Wyoming 120 west of Thermopolis, Wyoming. 

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched at around 3:20 p.m. to the area for a two-vehicle collision.

A 2014 Ford F-550 was traveling southbound on WY-120 when a northbound 2011 Honda Pilot attempted to turn into a driveway on the west side of the road causing both vehicles to collide, according to the release.    

The driver of the Honda Pilot has been identified as 37-year-old Thermopolis, Wyoming resident Candis Peterson.  Peterson was wearing her seatbelt but succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash. 

The juvenile passenger in the Honda was transported to the Hot Springs Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. 

The driver of the Ford has been identified as 61-year-old Billings, Montana resident Larry Houlihan.  Houlihan was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to the Hot Springs Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained from the crash. 

Driver inattention is being investigated on the part of Peterson as contributing factors, according to the release.

This was the 16th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2019 compared to 8 in 2018, 9 in 2017, and 6 in 2016 to date, according to the WHP.