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Gazette Premium Content Friends remember Hartsel crash victim Sonia Seremet as 'outgoing,' 'bubbly'

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: October 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

A single-car crash near Hartsel over the weekend claimed the life of a Colorado Springs woman, Sonia Seremet, who is the wife of the Air Force Academy's men's lacrosse coach Eric Seremet, the mother of two young children and a former first-grade teacher at Prairie Hills Elementary School.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, Seremet, 37, died from injuries she sustained when the vehicle she was traveling in with her husband and their daughters, Emelia, 4, and Anabel, 2, drifted off the right side of Colorado Highway 9 and rolled, ejecting her upon impact. The wreck happened Saturday afternoon about three miles north of Hartsel, state patrol said.

The family was airlifted to St. Anthony's Central Hospital in Lakewood, where she was pronounced dead. Eric Seremet and the two girls sustained minor injuries and were being treated as precautionary measures. Officials at St. Anthony's confirmed Eric Seremet, 43, was in fair condition.

"Sonia was outgoing, always smiling. She loved her kids and was so supportive of Eric," said George Nelson, acting deputy athletic director at the Air Force Academy. "It's tragic how this hit so close to home for the Air Force family. Everybody in the department either has tears in their eyes, or they're shocked."

Eric Seremet and Sonia Skiba married in August 2008. She recently decided to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother for their daughters, associate athletic director Troy Garnhartsaid.

"Sonia was a great person, very energetic and very bubbly. They were just a great, young couple," Garnheart said. "Eric is so passionate about everything. He loves coaching and he loves his family more than anything."

Sonia Seremet's sister and Eric Seremet's brother were at St. Anthony's Hospital for support and to help him care for his young daughters, Nelson said.

"The girls are all right. I know that he wanted to tell them about their mom's passing himself, but they're so young I don't know if they have completely understood," Nelson said. "Like anybody in that situation, he's very emotional and going through the grieving progress."

The Seremet family had not released information on services for Sonia Seremet as of Monday.

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