Steamboat Springs Fire-Rescue personnel attend to the scene of a one-vehicle accident Monday morning. The accident claimed the life of the driver, 22-year-old Oleg Lasii. The vehicle's passenger was seriously injured.

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Steamboat Springs Fire-Rescue personnel attend to the scene of a one-vehicle accident Monday morning. The accident claimed the life of the driver, 22-year-old Oleg Lasii. The vehicle's passenger was seriously injured.

One dead in one-vehicle accident

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— Steamboat Springs Fire-Rescue personnel attended to the scene of a one-vehicle accident early Monday morning that claimed the life of the driver, 22-year-old Oleg Lasii of the Ukraine. Lasii, who was working for a Steamboat Springs construction company as part of a worker exchange program, was due to return home Sept. 10, Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said.

Lasii was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 just past Milner when he apparently lost control of the car. The van went off the side of the highway and ran into a tree. The vehicle's unidentified passenger was seriously injured and transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center, Ryg said.

No other cars were involved in the crash. Lasii, who was living in Hayden with two friends from the Ukraine, was wearing his seatbelt, Ryg said. Lasii had a valid driver's license and the proper documentation to be working and living in the country, Ryg added. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling could not be reached for comment about Monday's accident.

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