Inattention a Possible Factor in Motorcycle Crash
The number of deaths on Wyoming highways this year has climbed to 110 following a motorcycle crash Friday near Thermopolis. Driver inattention is being investigated as a possible factor.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to mile marker 134 on U.S. Highway 20 around 4:45 p.m. Sept. 6, according to a release from Sgt. Jeremy Beck.
The crash occurred at the beginning of a construction zone as a flagger was directing traffic to slow to a stop. As a Ford F550 began to slow, a 2009 Harley Davidson failed to notice traffic was slowing and laid the motorcycle on its side as he was attempting to brake. The Harley collided with the rear of the Ford.
The driver of the Harley, 58-year-old Joseph Watkins of Thermopolis, was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Hot Springs Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.
The four occupants in the Ford were all wearing seat belts and were uninjured in the crash.
Last year at this time, 76 fatalities had been reported, compared to 103 in 2017, and 82 in 2016.