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Cheyenne man killed in crash northeast of Lusk

Driver fatigue or medical complications are being partially blamed for a car-semi accident that killed a 19-year-old Cheyenne man in northeast Wyoming Tuesday morning.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Graham T. Parfitt of Cheyenne was eastbound on Highway 18 about two miles west of the Wyoming/South Dakota border in Niobrara County when his 2004 Kia Sedona crossed the center line into the westbound lane.

The Patrol said 49-year-old Michael A. Krzes of Milaca, Minnesota, was driving a westbound semi, owned by Benny Specialized, Incorporated, and observed Parfitt's vehicle in the westbound lanes. He applied his brakes, and steered into eastbound lane, attempting to avoid a collision.

Parfitt then over-corrected, went over the rumble strips in the westbound shoulder, crossed the center line and struck the semi. Both vehicles then ended up in the eastbound ditch.

Parfitt was pronounced dead the scene, and Milaca was treated and released from the Niobrara Health and Life Hospital in Lusk.

Both Parfitt and Milaca were wearing seat belts. The accident occurred around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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