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Driver killed in nighttime wreck


Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a serious crash on Southwest 185th Avenue in Aloha Nov. 14 that resulted in one fatality.

According to the WCSO report, a man identified as Nicholas Walrath, 26, of Aloha, was killed when he lost control of his car and crashed into a wall in the area of Southwest 185th Avenue and Southwest Pheasant Lane in Aloha. The accident happened at about 2:50 a.m.

Deputies responded to several 911 callers reporting the crash. They arrived at the scene to find a Honda that had struck a cinder-block wall at a high rate of speed. Deputies located the deceased man in the car’s wreckage.

Investigators from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene and determined the car had been traveling north on Southwest 185th Avenue when the driver lost control and left the roadway. The preliminary investigation indicates the driver was traveling in excess of 100 mph. He drove over the east sidewalk and struck a tree, and the car continued on and broke through a cinder-block wall before it came to rest. Debris from the car was scattered across all five lanes of 185th Avenue.

Walrath’s father happened upon the scene and was notified of his son’s death at that time.