Afton Resident Succumbs to injuries after One-Vehicle Crash

Afton Resident Succumbs to injuries after One-Vehicle Crash

THAYNE — A 37-year-old Afton resident died from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash this morning near Thayne.

On October 29, a fatal crash occurred around milepost 96.5 on Highway 89 south of Thayne, according to a press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP). At 1:28 a.m., WHP troopers were notified of a one-vehicle rollover.

A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado was headed south on Highway 89 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve to the right, the release states. The vehicle drifted off the left side of the roadway before the driver overcorrected to the right. The vehicle crossed back over the lanes of Highway 89 before leaving the right side of the road and overturning.

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The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as 37-year-old Afton, Wyoming, resident Thomas J. Avila.  Avila was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Star Valley Medical Clinic, where he succumbed to his injuries from the crash, the release states.

Driver fatigue is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.

This is the 94th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 114 in 2020, 132 in 2019, and 98 in 2018 to date.