A 70-year-old Washington woman is dead after crashing her motorcycle west of Gillette, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, near milepost 93.728 on Interstate 90.

The patrol says Marilou Vanderiet was riding east in the right-hand lane when she failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, struck a guardrail, and was thrown from her bike.

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Vanderiet, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital and died from her injuries.

The patrol says driver inattention is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

So far this year, there have been nine motorcycle fatalities in Wyoming, three of which have occurred this month.

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