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Teenage victim identified after fatal crash in Douglas County

A 15-year-old Lake Nebagamon boy died Wednesday afternoon from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Oakland.

The crash was reported at 3:52 p.m. on County Highway B just west of Old Lyman Lake Road, according to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, Seth N. Stariha, 15, was a passenger in a Chevy S-10 pickup truck driven by his sister Natasha M. Stariha, 19. They had been westbound on Highway B when they collided with the rear of a Ford F450 utility vehicle owned by One Way Tree Service of Braham, Minn. The utility vehicle was partially in the driving lane as one worker was in the ditch spraying brush. Matthew Carlson-Thompson, 35, of Braham was in the driver’s seat of the utility vehicle and was uninjured.

Natasha Stariha was taken to a Duluth hospital by ambulance. Seth Stariha was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway B remained closed until 9 p.m. as investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reconstructed the crash scene.  The incident remains under investigation.

Other agencies who responded to the crash included Gold Cross Ambulance, Town of Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, Town of Superior Volunteer Fire Department and the Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office.