Collision kills Seward man

Douglas C. Fletcher, 44, of Seward, was killed Thursday night from a head on collision with another vehicle on the Seward Highway. His wife Maria Kobzeva, 24, was driving southbound near mile 105, and began to pass another southbound vehicle when she struck a northbound Mercedes sedan, occupied by Anchorage residents Per Bjorn-Roli, 69, and Maria Bjorn-Roli, 61. The collision occurred in the northbound lane. Fletcher was pronounced dead on the scene. The three survivors were transported to Anchorage for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Kobzeva was treated and released. A state trooper investigation is ongoing. Doug was Marie and Skip Fletcher’s son. The Fletchers own the Liberty Theater.


“Kambe and the rest of the family are traveling here. Pray for mercy in their travels and peace and strength for each and all of this precious family!” said local resident Jim Herbert.



  1. Skip and Marie, you are loved by many in Seward. Please know that our hearts ache for you during this terrible time. you are in our thoughts and our prayers.


  2. Our hearts go out to you, Skip & Marie. You are loved by this community and I’m sure that everyone share’s in your sorrow and will keep you close in their prayers.

  3. So Sorry Skip and Marie

  4. Crying for your loss.

  5. Skip, Marie and family, My heart is so sad for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. When will the service be held? Is there anything we can do for you guys, we are so sorry for your lost. He will always be in our hearts never forgotten.

  7. Wallace e fletcher jr. Skippy


  8. I am so sorry for your loss. This is such sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, with much love.

  9. So so sorry Skip, Marie and family. Doug was a wonderful person and spirit. Please take care of yourselves. You are loved by so many. Our sincere condolences.

  10. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you…We are so sorry for your loss.

  11. Our condolences to the Fletcher family-from Jain Swain and Randall Cavanaugh. Doug was a good guy.

  12. Dear Skip & Marie,
    Ours hears and our prayers are with you.
    Much Love~

  13. Michelle & Terry Upham

    The Fletcher family is in our thoughts!!! Love Terry& Michelle

  14. Our hearts are breaking for the entire Fletcher family. Such a great friend. Our prayers are with all of you.

  15. Arlene and I are so sorry to hear of their loss. Arlene recalls many good memories of Doug and her son George when they were in school together.

  16. My thoughts are prayers are with you Mr and Mrs Fletcher. Doug was a great man to know and to work with.

  17. To the Fletcher family; with a heavy heart I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you morn the loss of you beloved one.

  18. Brian & Elaine Hutchison

    Our thoughts & prayers go out to you, we are SO sorry for the loss of your son. Your son Doug was a wonderful person – a very good man, and will be missed by so many.

  19. Dear Skip, Marie, Maria, and family,

    What a tragedy! Doug was such a fine young man with so many more places to travel, languages to learn, and cultures to savor. I always enjoyed talking to him whenever he popped up; no moss grew on him! I am so very sorry for your loss.
    He will be missed. You are all in my thoughts.

    Carol Griswold

  20. Skip and Marie, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this terrible time. You are greatly loved by all of us Sewardites.

  21. Skip, Marie, Kambe,

    Doug was a great, kind friend and I always looked up to him since I was a toddler. It was such a treat to see him happy in all his recent photographs. I thought about him often but talked to him so rarely… really – heart reaches out to you.


  22. To the Fletcher family,

    Our thoughts and prayers reach out to you in this difficult time. Doug will be greatly missed, heavy hearts and sadness will will not overcome the happiness and good times that you had together. All of us in Connecticut will keep you close in our hearts.

    God Bless,

    The Szymaszek Family

  23. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is so loved by this community for you kindness, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Harmons

  24. So very sorry for your loss and the grief you and your family are going through. My thoughts are with you.

  25. Leslie LeFlore Gorman

    Skip and Marie
    Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so sorry for your loss. Doug will be missed by so many. I loved following his journeys through his pictures on Facebook and was glad that he looked so happy. Love to all, Leslie LeFlore Gorman

  26. Skip, Marie, and Maria
    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. We love you.

  27. We are so sorry for your loss. Doug was a kind and generous hearted man and will be missed by his local Seward family. Our prayers are with you Maria, Skip, Marie, and all of your sweet family. May God give you comfort during this time. You are all loved by so many.

  28. Kathleen Christenson

    ….Skip and Marie…. our hearts break for you; -TC and I, among so many others, are holding you and your family in prayer. May Our Heavenly Father strengthen and comfort you; we all love you so much…

  29. Margaret Miller Davis

    You are all in my prayers, so so sorry for your loss. Love you all more than I know how to express.

  30. Skip and Marie , we are grieving with you and are so sad for the loss of Doug . He was a wonderful person who touched the lives of many, as you have. We love and miss you. God bless you.

  31. Channon LeFlore Smith

    Skip and Marie,

    I am so sorry to hear about Doug. My thoughts and prayers are with you,Maria and the rest of the family. Doug’s sweet nature and love of life will be missed by all that knew him. May heavenly father bless you with comfort and may peace be with you.


    Channon LeFlore Smith

  32. skip and marie, My heart is so with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anyway I can be of help for you and yours. Much love sent.

  33. From the bottom of our hearts, thanks to you Seward and to all those who have sent your heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and wishes. We are so greatful you are all here for our family and especially there for Skip, Marie, and Maria. It is truly a time of need and once again, you have all come through!

  34. Georg-Anne and Harold

    Marie, my “Reel” fairy godmother. Skip, her knight in shining armor, please know our prayers are being said and sent for you and your family and friends.
    We are very sorry for your loss.

  35. Joe and Katy Versteeg

    We were so very sorry to hear about Doug. Doug had a significant impact on our lives and was such a kind and generous person. He will be missed.
    If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  36. Skip, Marie, Maria and the whole Fletcher Family,
    You are in our hearts and prayers. We hope you find much
    comfort in the love of all your friends and family. We aer
    all grieving with you these days.
    Harold, Sue, Matt, Jeanie, Nick and Kenny

  37. Marie & Skip, I’m so sorry for your lost. My thoughts and prayers are with you.



  38. Marie, Skip and Family, There are NO words to describe just how painful losing a child is. My heart is with you in this very difficult time. God has blessed you with this beautiful child….MEMORIES are beautiful.
    Love you!

  39. Miki Waldron & family

    Prayers and warmest hugs to all of you from all of us. Doug will be deeply missed and I know his smiling face will remain an inspiration to all who knew him. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
    Miki, Sabree and Theresa

  40. To your entire family I send my heart felt sympathy. My heart just cries for you all. Praying for some sort of peace and comfort to engulf you during this time.

  41. Pfeiffenberger Family

    Skip and Marie

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Jim, Susan and kids

  42. We are so sorry for your loss, can’t even imagine what you are going through, we are thinking of you and you are all in our prayers. Gail, Daryl,Kyle, Katie and Jenny

  43. Skip and Marie, I am so sorry to hear about Doug. You are so special to me and this community. My heart aches to know such sadness is upon you right now. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. Skip, Marie, and Maria –

    We hope you know that we are sending our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Hugs to you in this difficult time.

    Larry, Maryellen, Brittany, and Heather

  45. Stolle/ Olive Family

    We also have you in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts feel your loss.
    Sandy, Jerry and kids

  46. Skip & Marie from Carole and I please accept our heart wrenching sorrow for the loss of your son Doug. No words are adequate.

  47. Our vulnerability while driving the Seward highway seems like the one unthinkable tragedy that is possible. We pray it is not with one of our own, and then it is. Linne and I send you our deepest love.

  48. Skip, Marie and Maria – We are so sorry for your loss. When a Seward family loses a family member we all lose a family member. Our hearts ache for you and our prayers are with you.
    Linda Amberg, Erick Amberg and Richard Smith

  49. Doug….you were a wonderful brother who traveled the World, climbed mountains and engaged in many more outdoor activities. You found the love of your life (Maria), mom and dad felt you were an Angel amongst us and your nieces and nephews thought you were pretty cool. How fortunate we all were to have had you in our lives. Until we meet again Doug…you will be missed and thought of often. Thanks for the memories and all the beautiful pictures you left for us to enjoy. Love you! Your sister, Nancy