Fatal crash near Cheyenne on U.S. highway 85

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) On Jan. 11, 2019 a fatal crash occurred at milepost 37 on U.S. highway 85 near Cheyenne, Wy. taking three lives. At 4:58 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol were dispatched to the area for a two-vehicle collision.

A 1996 GMC Yukon was traveling southbound on U.S. highway 85 when the vehicle crossed over the center line and entered the northbound lane, colliding head-on with a Chrysler Town and Country vehicle.

The driver and passenger of the Chrysler have been identified in their late 20’s from Nebraska. Both were wearing seatbelts and succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

The driver of the Yukon has been identified as 44-year-old Cheyenne resident Lila Mikesell. She was not wearing her seatbelt and also succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.

Reckless driving and impairment from Mikesell are being investigated as contributing factors. These are the 5th, 6th, and 7th fatalities on a Wyoming highway in 2019.