The driver was transported to a local trauma hospital with serious injuries. He later died of injuries sustained in the crash. He has been identified as William L. Bartels, 65, of Forest Grove.
An injured border collie puppy was also located at the scene. Deputies transported the dog to a local emergency veterinarian for treatment. The dog is expected to fully recover.
Investigators confirmed that unsafe speed was a factor in this crash. Deputies remind the public to obey all traffic laws and drive cautiously in the current winter conditions.
Tonight's temperatures are expected to stay below freezing all night. Please celebrate the new year responsibly and plan a safe ride home.
Deputies recommend the following:
Designate a safe driver before you go out; Use a rideshare service, widely available in Washington County; For those traveling to/from Portland tonight, Tri-Met is offering free rides on buses, MAX, and Portland Streetcar after 8 p.m.