Two Wyoming cyclists in killed in crashes with possible intoxicated vehicle drivers within a week
(Sheridan, Wyo.) – A second bicyclist within a week has been killed by a motorist believed to be under the influence of alcohol. The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that Larry Hurst, 65, of Sheridan, was killed at the scene of the wreck along US 87 just south of Sheridan at noon on Saturday.
A second cyclist, 56-year-old Sara Hurst has been life-flighted to Billings, Mont., for her injuries. Both her and Larry Hurst were wearing helmets, when Hannah M. Terry, 34, of Big Horn, Wyo., drove into the southbound shoulder and struck both bicycles from the rear, the Wyoming Highway Patrol reports. Both were separated from their bicycles.
Possible charges of DWUI, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, and Driving without Insurance are pending against driver Terry.
Hurst’s death follows Friday’s death of Matthew Harker, a Casper cyclist who was struck on Thursday morning by a SUV. Harker was also wearing a helmet. Casper Police have said that alcohol is being investigated as contributing factor to the wreck. However, the driver of the SUV involved has not been identified, and police have made no statements about possible charges as of Monday morning. Read more about this wreck at our sister site, Oil City.
These two deaths came at about the same time that the League of American Bicyclists released its annual ranking of bike-friendly states. Wyoming’s ranking has dropped from 33rd to 36th. Read more about rankings here.