By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Fort Laramie woman was killed in a collision just outside of the town early Tuesday morning.
According to Wyoming Highway Patrol reports, Amanda Wilhelm, 32, was stopped along the side of U.S. Highway 26 near Fort Laramie in her 1998 Ford Taurus. Evan Brooks, 48, of Torrington, was driving a 2008 Toyota Rav 4 westbound on the road and came upon Wilhelm’s vehicle.
Brooks moved partially into the eastbound lane to drive around the stopped Ford. For unknown reasons, Wilhelm attempted a U-turn in the roadway as Brooks began to pass by, causing the vehicles to collide.
Wilhelm was wearing a seatbelt, but succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Brooks was also wearing a seatbelt and was transported to the Community Hospital in Torrington for injuries sustained in the crash.
Driver inattention and cell phone usage on the part of Wilhelm is being investigated as possible contributing factors.
This is the 49th fatality on Wyoming roadways this year.