Thermopolis woman killed in crash on Highway 120

WYOMING – A Thermopolis woman died in a crash Thursday afternoon after she crossed over the oncoming lane in an attempt to turn onto her driveway.

Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to a fatal crash at milepost 5 on Wyoming 120 west of Thermopolis, Wyo., on February 7 at around 3:20pm.

A 2014 Ford F-550 was traveling southbound on WY-120 when a northbound 2011 Honda Pilot attempted to turn into a driveway on the west side of the road causing both vehicles to collide.

The driver of the Honda Pilot has been identified as 37-year-old Thermopolis resident Candis Peterson. Peterson was wearing her seatbelt but succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash. A juvenile passenger in the Honda was transported to the Hot Springs Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the Ford has been identified as Larry Houlihan, 61, of Billings, Montana. Houlihan was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to the Hot Springs Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained from the crash.

Driver inattention is being investigated on the part of Peterson as a contributing factor.

This is the 16th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2019 compared to 8 in 2018, 9 in 2017, and 6 in 2016 to date.


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