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Newberg man dies in accident

Matthew Wuerpel, 21, is ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene in rural Washington County


A Newberg man died Friday morning after the car he was driving rolled off a road in rural Washington County.COURTESY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Twenty-one-year-old Newberg resident Matthew Wuerpel died in an accident early Friday morning in rural Washington County.

A report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Matthew Wuerpel, 21, was traveling south on Southwest Midway Road in unincorporated Washington County when he failed to negotiate an intersection at Vanderschuere Road and drove through a stop sign and into a field, clipping a tree along the way.

A nearby resident heard the crash and reported it to the authorities. When WCSO deputies arrived they found the small hatchback had rolled into a pasture adjacent to the intersection. Deputies said Wuerpel was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and he was ejected from the 1988 Chevy Sprint and died at the scene. The vehicle sustained heavy damage in the crash.

The WCSO crash analysis reconstruction team is continuing an investigation into the accident.

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