Lethal trip home for 18-year-old
An 18-year-old former Nevada Union High School student who was driving to see family in Nevada County was killed early Wednesday morning when he crashed a sport-utility vehicle near the Colorado-Wyoming border.
Evan Brown, formerly of Grass Valley, was driving north on Colorado Highway 13 at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Thirty-one miles north of Craig, Colo., the black Ford Excursion he was driving veered to the left for unknown reasons and began spinning counter-clockwise. The vehicle rolled more than two times before coming to rest on the driver’s side.
“We don’t know what caused the accident,” Moffat County Coroner Owen Grant said.
The crash was not reported until about 5 a.m., when a passing trucker called authorities, Grant said.
“It’s the main highway here, but it’s pretty remote,” he said.
Brown had been living in Steamboat Springs, Colo., for at least six months and had a California driver’s license, according to authorities.
His father, Stephen Brown of Grass Valley, said his son was independent-minded and enjoyed Ultimate Frisbee, chess and computer games. He was on the Nevada Union High School tennis teams for two years before leaving the school without a diploma in 2003, his father said.
After leaving Nevada Union, Evan Brown went to the Los Angeles area and “lived on the streets,” his father said. He later returned to Nevada County for a brief time before moving to Steamboat Springs, where be had been working as a cook, his father said.
Stephen Brown said his son could be a difficult person to predict but that his attitude masked a good heart.
“He cared a lot more about people than he let on,” Stephen Brown said.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
Evan Geary Siddhartha Brown is survived by his father, Stephen Brown; mother, Nancy Jones; sister, Hanna Brown; grandmother Ruth Jones; grandmother Marge Brown; uncle, James Brown; aunt Bernadette Brown; and aunt Jeannie Brown.
The Craig Daily Press contributed to this story.
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