Motorcycle Accident Near Rock Springs Turns Fatal

Motorcycle Accident Near Rock Springs Turns Fatal

SWEETWATER COUNTY – A fatal crash east of Rock Springs, Wyoming on August 16th has resulted in the death of 48-year-old Jody Dossett (female) from Hartford, South Dakota.

The crash occurred at 7:21 p.m. on the 16th near mile post 142 on Interstate 80 approximately 37 miles east of Rock Springs.

Dossett was operating a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle while traveling west on I 80.  A 2006 Freightliner commercial truck that was driven by 69-year-old Dulian Leszek from Burbank, Illinois, was also westbound on I 80 traveling behind Dossett. The Freightliner struck the motorcycle from behind causing Dossett to lose control of the motorcycle.

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Dossett was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries on scene. She did have a helmet present, but was not wearing it at the time of the crash.

Leszek was not injured and was cited for following too close. Potential additional charges are pending as the investigation is still ongoing.

Rain conditions and the setting sun were present for westbound traffic on I 80 at the time of the crash. Driver inattention, following too close and sun glare are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash that marked the 72nd highway fatality in Wyoming for 2016. There were 93 fatalities during this same time period in 2015.

This crash is the 18th motorcycle related highway fatality in Wyoming for 2016.