Driver dies after crashing into tree off Highway 97

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver died after veering off Highway 97 and crashing into a tree in Wasco County.

Authorities responded to the scene of the crash around 6 p.m. on Monday. They learned 39-year-old Jesus Lopez was heading north in his Honda Civic, when his car left the roadway and struck a tree.

He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. Authorities believe the crash occurred about 14 hours before it was initially reported.

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