Highway Fatalities Continue to Rise
This year continues to outpace the number of highway fatalities in recent years.
A Riverton man walking on U.S. 20-26 near Casper was killed after being struck by a vehicle last weekend.
Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash around 12:40 a.m. Aug. 9.
According to a WHP release, a 67-year-old Casper man in a 2014 Dodge Ram was traveling east and was unable to avoid the pedestrian in the roadway. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old male, died at the scene.
The driver of the pickup was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured.
Drugs and alcohol on the part of the pedestrian are being investigated as possible contributing factors.
On Sunday, Aug. 11, a 24-year-old Casper man died in a one-vehicle rollover on Wyoming 487 south of Casper.
Troopers responded to the call around 11 p.m. after a 2001 Ford F150 traveling north failed to make the curve from 487 onto Wyoming 220. The pickup left the roadway and overturned.
The 23-year-old driver and a 24-year-old passenger, both from Casper, were transported to the Wyoming Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries. Both men were wearing seat belts. The front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
Driver fatigue is possibly a factor in Sunday’s crash.
That brings the total number of fatalities in Wyoming this year to 103. Last year at this time, there were 64 fatalities, compared to 93 in 2017, and 73 in 2016.