94-Year-Old Illinois Man Killed In Albany County Crash After Falling Asleep

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

An elderly man from Illinois was killed in a collision on Interstate 80 last week after falling asleep while driving his car.

Raymond Battersby, 94, was driving a Cadillac sedan westbound on I-80 at a high rate of speed around 11 p.m. on July 1 when the car exited the roadway to the left. Once off the road, Battersby overcorrected his steering to the right, which caused the car to re-enter the roadway, where it crossed both lanes and exited the road.

Once off the roadway, the Cadillac struck a rock cliff face on its passenger side and front end. The collision caused the vehicle to rotate clockwise.

The car then rolled onto the driver’s side.

Road conditions were dry and the weather was clear. Battersby was wearing his seatbelt, but succumbed to his injuries.

This was the 44th fatality on Wyoming highways in 2020.

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