A pedestrian who was hit by a pickup last Thursday evening in northeast Cheyenne has died, according to a fatality crash summary from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 6:10 p.m. on Dec. 21 near the intersection of North College Drive and Magnolia Drive.

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Police say 86-year-old Cheyenne resident James Smith was attempting to cross North College Drive in an unlit area when he walked into the path of a southbound Chevrolet Silverado.

"The driver swerved but was unable to avoid the collision," Public Information Officer Alex Farkas said.

Smith was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Farkas says the driver of the pickup, also from Cheyenne, showed no signs of impairment and remained on the scene to assist officers with their investigation.

This is the second deadly crash on North College Drive in the last two weeks.

2022's Deadliest Wyoming County by Traffic Deaths

While car crashes can occur anywhere, some roads in Wyoming are more dangerous than others.

According to Wyoming Highway Patrol data, there were 117 fatal crashes in the Cowboy State in 2022 resulting in 133 deaths.

Of those fatal crashes, the majority (13.68%) occurred in Laramie County -- two in January, one in February, one in March, two in April, one in June, two in July, three in August, two in September, one in November, and one in December.

Sweetwater County saw the second most fatal crashes last year, 12, while Fremont and Lincoln counties each saw 10.

Albany and Park counties each recorded eight, and Campbell, Converse, and Natrona counties each tallied seven.

The deadliest 2022 crash in Laramie County took place on June 17 when two semis collided on Interstate 80 east of Cheyenne and immediately became engulfed in flames killing both drivers and a passenger.



Laramie County also saw two fatal crashes involving motorcyclists, two fatal crashes involving juveniles, and a fatal crash involving a pedestrian last year.

Below is the Wyoming Highway Patrol narrative of every fatal crash that occurred in Laramie County in 2022.

Gallery Credit: Joy Greenwald

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