SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A man died when his car left the road and hit a tree Monday just after 5 a.m., police said.
The driver was identitifed as Dennis Russell Mitchell of Springfield. Mitchelll had just turned 50 on October 31.
Police found him dead in the wreckage of his 1997 Honda at the scene of the crash on Pioneer Parkway near Q Street and Hayden Bridge Road.
Investigating officers suspect speed was a factor in the crash.
Police initially said Mitchell's dog was missing after the crash and might have run away. They later determined that his 13-year-old female black lab had recently been put to sleep.