Wyoming Highway Patrol

A 37-year-old Afton man was killed in a car accident Oct. 29.

AFTON — A single vehicle accident in the early morning hours of Friday, October 29, has claimed the life of an Afton man.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that the incident occurred at 1:28 a.m. Thomas J. Avila, 37, was traveling south on Highway 89 around milepost 96.5 south of Thayne.

According to the WHP report, Avila failed to negotiate a curve to the right. His vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, drifted off the left side of the roadway. Avila overcorrected to the right, crossing back over the lanes of Highway 89 before leaving the right side of the road and overturning.

Avila was not wearing a seatbelt. He was transported to Star Valley Health where he succumbed to his injuries from the crash.

Driver fatigue is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.

This is the 94th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways to date in 2021 compared to 114 in 2020, 132 in 2019, and 98 in 2018.

— Wyoming News Exchange

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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