2 fatalities reported in Thursday crash outside of Lander

A fatal crash occurred on US-287 outside of Lander on October 1st at around 1:50 pm. Wyoming Highway Patrol has released the following information about the wreck.

49-year-old Spearfish, South Dakota resident Kristi Dowers failed to notice a northbound vehicle as she was pulling on to US-287 from Bartholomew Way headed toward Lander. Unable to avoid a collision, 20-year-old Lander resident Kyson Chavez collided with Dowers.

Chavez was wearing his seatbelt and transported to SageWest Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.


Dowers was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash. 

75-year-old Lander resident Georgia Nations was a passenger. Nations was not wearing her seatbelt properly and succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.

Driver inattention is being investigated on the part of Dowers as a possible contributing factor.

These are the 100th and 101st fatalities on Wyoming’s roadways in 2020 compared to 124 in 2019, 87 in 2018, and 109 in 2017 to date. 


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