Banks man dies after crashing car into tree off Hwy 47

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Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 8:55 AM PST
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) - A man died after crashing his car into a tree along Highway 47 on Saturday afternoon, according to Oregon State Police.

Just after 2 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Highway 47, near milepost 87.

OSP said an investigation showed a Dodge Avenger was involved in a minor rear-end crash just north of Banks. The driver then fled the scene, going south on Highway 47 through Banks. According to OSP, the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when the car went off the shoulder and hit a tree on the westbound side of the highway.

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The driver, identified as 28-year-old Glennard Devon Purvee, of Banks, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway 47 was closed for about three hours during the investigation.