Man who died was living in Steamboat

Sleep deprivation might have been a factor in accident


Authorities released the name of the 18-year old man who died in a car accident Wednesday morning north of Craig.

Evan G. Brown, whose driver's license is from Grass Valley, Calif., drove off the left side of the road about 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The accident occurred about 31 miles north of Craig at milepost 122.6 on Colorado Highway 13, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Gary Meirose said.

Brown had been living in Steamboat Springs for at least six months, Meirose said. The investigation revealed Brown had only two hours of sleep before driving away that morning, he said.

Brown was driving a black Ford Excursion. The vehicle rolled 2 1/4 times before coming to rest on the driver's side, Meirose said. Brown, who was alone in the vehicle, wore his seat belt, but the airbag did not deploy, Meirose said.

Brown's parents, who live in Nevada City, Calif., have been notified, Meirose said.

Results of the drug and alcohol tests are not in yet, said Owen Grant, Moffat County coroner.

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