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A 22-year-old Chehalis man was ejected from a vehicle and died following a crash Saturday night west of Chehalis, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was reportedly leaving a wedding reception, said Chief Deputy Dusty Breen with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash was reported just after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Highway 603, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. 

Breen said dispatchers were initially alerted to a vehicle that had crashed and was on fire. Witnesses in the area heard the collision and went out to investigate. One witness got a fire extinguisher and put the fire out, but saw that no one was in the vehicle. 

Witnesses later found the driver had been ejected, Breen said. 

Fire District 6 crews attempted to render aid, but the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

“Another witness also in the area had stated that the same vehicle had passed them at a high rate of speed and actually partially came into their lane and that they had swerved to avoid a collision,” Breen said. 

The crash is under investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Washington State Patrol. Breen told The Chronicle a preliminary report found the vehicle, a 2007 Subaru Impreza was heading east on Highway 603 at a high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate a corner, then went into a ditch, causing the vehicle to roll. The driver did not appear to have been wearing a seatbelt, Breen said.

Breen said a sergeant on the scene reported smelling alcohol coming from the car, but it has not been determined if alcohol played a roll in the collision. 

The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the name of the deceased driver. 

The Chronicle will update this story when more information is available. 

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