Area man killed in crash about 3 miles east of Hayden
CRAIG — A 61-year-old Hayden man died in a rollover crash east of Hayden on Monday, July 9.
Just before 2 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol was dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 111 in Routt County, about 3 miles east of Hayden.
A tan 2001 GMC Sierra was westbound on the highway and drove off of the right side of the road while entering a curve to the left. The driver apparently overcorrected and crossed the roadway, striking an embankment. The vehicle rolled once, coming to rest up the embankment facing east.
The driver and sole occupant of the GMC, Stephen Manzanares, 61, of Hayden, was not wearing a seatbelt. He was not ejected during the rollover but sustained fatal injuries and died while being transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
The crash is being investigated by the Colorado State Patrol. Neither impairment nor excessive speed appears to have contributed.
The Colorado State Patrol reminds drivers to always wear their seatbelts.
Agencies assisting with the accident included the Hayden Police Department, Routt County Sheriff’s Office, West Routt Fire Department, Routt County Coroner’s Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
A West Routt man was shot Saturday morning after allegedly stealing a four-wheeler in Hayden.