Police are investigating a fatal Thursday morning rollover car crash in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood.

Cory Dodge, 25, died when the vehilce he was driving hit an embankment, rolled and hit a tree. He was not wearing a seat belt and investigators believe he died instantly.

According to police, at 3:53 a.m. on July 5, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a rollover crash at Southeast 60th Avenue and Ash Street. Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel arrived and determined that the driver was deceased.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation into the crash. Southeast 60th Avenue was closed from Southeast Stark to East Burnside Street.

Based on witness statements and the crash investigation, investigators believe that Dodge was driving southbound on 60th Avenue at speeds of approximately 70 miles per hour when he lost control after crossing over Burnside Street. Speed is a factor in the crash.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will have toxicology tests performed which will take several weeks to complete.

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