Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers responded to a fatal crash at milepost 342 on Interstate 80 west of Cheyenne around 3:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon, according to a Nov. 8 WHP press release.
A 2006 Kia SUV was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 when the vehicle crossed right from the left drive lane into the merge lane, where it collided into the back of a 2016 International commercial vehicle.
The driver of the Kia has been identified as 22-year-old Cheyenne resident John L. Kennedy. He was wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
The driver of the 2016 International has been identified as 48-year-old Joseph Philip of Ontario, Canada. He was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.
Speed and cell phone use on the part of Kennedy are being investigated as possible contributing factors.
“Don’t drive distracted. It’s not worth it, put the phone down,” WHP Lieutenant Colton Lenz said, noting that he sees quite a few cases of distracted driving on the road every day. “It only takes one second to wreck.”
Lenz also urged drivers to slow down.
“There are many times that the with inclement weather and the road conditions, the road and your vehicle can’t support the posted speed limit,” he said.
This fatality marks 134 on Wyoming’s roadways in 2019, compared to 104 in 2018, 116 in 2017, and 99 in 2016 to date.