Tragic Fatal Crash Kills Two in Lander, Wyoming (WY)
LANDER, WY- Newscenter1.tv writes that two people died in a deadly collision this week in Lander, Wyoming. The crash took place in the middle of the afternoon on US 287. Reports state that a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling from Bartholomew Way onto US 287 when a 2006 Buick Lucerne failed to notice the Jeep.*
The Jeep struck the Buick on its driver's side. The driver in the Buick, identified as a 49-year-old woman from Spearfish, South Dakota, died at the scene of the wreck. A 75-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was identified as a resident of Lander, Wyoming. That individual also died at the scene. The driver of the Jeep was a 20-year-old man from Lander. The young driver sustained injuries in the collision. Responders rushed him to the Sage West Medical Center for treatment. According to statistics, the two fatalities bring the total number of traffic fatalities in the state so far this year to 101. That number indicates a slight decline as compared to the same point in time last year when 124 had people died in crashes. Police believe that this tragic incident is the result of driver inattention.
Distracted driving is a common cause of car crashes throughout the United States. In recent years, distracted driving has come to be associated with the use of electronics, such as smartphones. However, it is important to realize that many other behaviors also qualify as distracted driving. Anytime that its driver removes his or her attention from the road ahead, he or she creates risks to all on the road. Even changing the radio station or communicating with other people in the car can be enough to distract a driver from the important and demanding task of operating a motor vehicle.
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