Afton Mayor, Wife Run Over By Car While Bicycling

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The mayor of Afton and his wife were injured Thursday morning when they were struck by a juvenile driver in a sports utility vehicle, the Afton police chief told Cowboy State Daily.

Chief Jason Romberg said Mayor JC Inskeep and his wife, Brenda Inskeep, were struck by a juvenile male driving an SUV around 6 a.m. while they were on bicycles. The Inskeeps were traveling northbound on a street, as was the SUV.

“I don’t believe there was any intentional foul play in this situation,” Romberg said. “But we’re also bringing in the Wyoming Highway Patrol to investigate this incident, so we can avoid any conflict of interest.”

The Afton Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the Afton Volunteer Fire Department and the Star Valley Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene on Thursday morning.

Romberg could not speak to the Inskeeps’ injuries as of midday Thursday, but said when he saw them at the crash site, they were both conscious, coherent and each of them spoke with him.

He also could not say how fast the driver was going at the time of the crash or how old the driver is.

Romberg said this is not the first accident of its kind he has seen during his time in law enforcement, but he did note it was the first time it ever involved a town official.

He expected to release more information regarding the crash early next week, once the highway patrol completes its initial crash investigation.

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