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Newberg man killed in Highway 99W crash

Truck crosses into oncoming traffic, killing 85-year-old passenger in Prius

A Wednesday afternoon crash near Lafayette sent a Newberg man to a Portland hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

Just before 2 p.m. a serious injury crash was reported on Highway 99W near Stoller Road, according to an Oregon State Police news release.

Initial investigation indicated a 2007 Ford pickup, driven by 31-year-old Antonio Sanchez-Guillen of McMinnville, was headed southbound and pulling a dual-axle utility trailer loaded with gravel. The vehicle veered right onto the shoulder of the road before veering left into oncoming traffic.

As the southbound truck entered the oncoming lane a northbound 2005 Toyota Prius struck the Ford on its passenger side, unable to maneuver around vehicle in time.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Highway 99W was closed for three hours Wednesday after a crash that later claimed the life of a Newberg man.

The Prius was driven by 84-year-old Velda Mitchell, of Newberg, who was taken to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. She was later transported to a Portland hospital.

Richard Mitchell, 85 and also of Newberg, was riding in the front passenger seat of the Prius. He was taken to a Portland hospital by Life Flight helicopter. Mitchell later died of his injuries.

Sanchez-Guillen received minor injuries and was taken to the Willamette Valley Medical Center.

The highway was closed for about three hours during the investigation, which included the OSP, Oregon Department of Transportation, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Police Department and McMinnville Fire Department.