Lander man, Donald Abernathy, dies in Sunday afternoon wreck on icy roads

(Lander, Wyo.) – An 83-year-old Lander died Sunday afternoon in single vehicle wreck, the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Fremont County Coroner’s Office reports

Donald Abernathy was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck on Highway 789 near mile post 68 southeast of Lander at about 4:35 p.m., Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said. WHP Lt. Tom Adams said the only passenger, Garrick Martin, 34, was transported to SageWest Health Care in Lander. His condition is unknown at this time.

Adams said Abernathy was driving northbound on Highway 789 when he lost control of his 1991 GMC pickup on an icy bridge deck. The pickup reportedly crossed the bridge before leaving the roadway and rolling one and a half times, coming to rest on its side. Adams said both Abernathy and Martin were ejected from the vehicle. Neither were wearing seat belts, he said.

Adams said road conditions and speed to fast for conditions are considered contributing to this wreck.


  1. Helen Witt

    Prayers for his family <3

  2. Teri Osborne

    The world lost an awesome man….he will be sorely missed.

  3. Dee Melander

    was he married to Betty Abernathy?

  4. Tina Harrington

    Mev was his wife's name.

  5. Liz Shield

    Oh no! My thought are with the family during this sad time. Hoping Garrick will make a full recovery!

  6. Shirley Cassell

    Sure am going to miss seeing this man at the store.

  7. Scott Lewis

    Iam sorry to hear this news he was a friend of my Dad

  8. Debbie Olson

    Don & Mev were divorced many years ago. I've known the family nearly 40 years. Sad.

  9. Debbie Olson

    Betty was not married to Don, although I think they were related, I can't remember how. Brothers?

  10. Dee Melander

    Debbie Olson I was shocked when I saw the name because YEARS ago (early 1960s) I moved to Lander as a new bride and Betty Abernathy was the nurse/receptionist at the medical clinic. His age would be close to correct as I'm 81. Either way– I am sorry for his family. Thanks for letting me know it was not the family I thought.

  11. Bill Hertzog

    Knew Don well. Sad

  12. Kenny Lee Osborn

    Our condolences for Dons family. We pray for Garricks speedy recovery.

  13. Jane Osborn

    Praying for Garrick's recovery.

  14. Diane Newbury Shoutis

    Is there a service being planned. My husband and i have lived next to Don for 30 years. We liked and respected Don, he was a gentle man and a great neighbor

  15. Gwen Arnesen

    I remember him also as our neighbor and Debbie, his daughter, was a good friend. Do you know how I can get ahold of her? We were young mothers with Millie and Tom and Garrick being the oldest grandchild. What a tragedy.

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