Two People Die in Fatal Crash North of Lander

Two People Die in Fatal Crash North of Lander

CHEYENNE – On October 1, 2020, a fatal crash occurred around milepost 3 on US 287 north of Lander, Wyoming.  At 1:50 pm, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a motor vehicle collision.

The driver of a 2006 Buick Lucerne failed to notice a northbound 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee as it was entering US 287 from Bartholomew Way to travel south.  The Jeep driver could not avoid a collision and collided with the driver’s side of the Buick.

The driver of the Jeep has been identified as 20-year-old Lander, Wyoming resident Kyson M. Chavez.  Chavez was wearing his seatbelt and transported to Sage West Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.    

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The driver of the Buick has been identified as 49-year-old Spearfish, South Dakota resident Kristi L. Dowers.  Dowers was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.  The passenger has been identified as 75-year-old Lander, Wyoming resident Georgia W. Nations.  Nations was not wearing a 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.

This is 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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