Crash North of Sheridan Results in a Fatality

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A crash north of Sheridan has resulted in the death of 63-year-old Sheridan resident Cynthia Spillman. The crash occurred Thursday night at 9:30 on Wyoming State Highway 345 approximately eight miles north of Sheridan.

Cynthia Spillman was a passenger on a 2006 Honda Motorcycle being operated by 62-year-old Sheridan resident James Spillman. The Honda was traveling south on WY 345 when a deer entered the highway from the west ditch. James Spillman attempted to brake to avoid the deer, however a collision ensued between the motorcycle and the deer. The couple were thrown from the motorcycle. Neither one was wearing a helmet.

Cynthia Spillman was transported by ground ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital where she died from her injuries. James Spillman was transported by ground ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital and was treated and released for his injuries.

The deer crossing the highway and lack of helmet use are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash that marked the 41st highway fatality in Wyoming for 2016. There were 66 fatalities during this same time period in 2015. James Spillman was issued two citations for operating the motorcycle while his license was suspended and for operating the motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement.