A Laramie resident died in a motorcycle crash near Laramie on Saturday.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, 56-year-old Lawrence White suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash that occurred while he was allegedly attempting to elude an officer.
At about 5:39 p.m., s Wyoming Highway Patrol State Trooper observed a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle traveling south on US 287 in excess of 90 mph in a 70 mile per hour zone. The Trooper turned his vehicle around and attempted to catch up to the speeding motorcycle to initiate a traffic stop.
The Trooper reported the speed of the motorcycle increased significantly and the driver appeared to be eluding. The driver turned on to Cherokee Park Road and was traveling southwest on the dirt road when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. The driver, identified as White, was thrown from the motorcycle. Despite life-saving efforts by the Trooper, White succumbed to his injuries on scene.
White was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. The reason for the attempt to elude the Trooper is still under investigation.
This is the 75th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2017, compared to 49 in 2016, 71 in 2015, and 74 in 2014.