A woman is dead after crashing her motorcycle near Sundance, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says.

It happened around 11:15 a.m. on July 5, 2024, near milepost 191.4 on U.S. 14.

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According to a fatality crash summary, 61-year-old Minnesota resident Kelly Pierson was behind the handlebars of an eastbound Harley-Davidson when she lost control of the motorcycle and laid it over.

"Witnesses stated the motorcyclist was traveling well under the posted speed limit and had just exited from a curve onto the straight stretch of road," the summary reads.

Pierson was subsequently thrown from the motorcycle and landed under the guardrail.

Despite having her helmet on, she didn't survive the crash.

According to the summary, which lists "other" as possible contributing factors, road conditions were dry and weather conditions were clear at the time of the crash.

Pierson is the 11th reported motorcyclist and the 48th reported person to die on Wyoming's highways so far this year.

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