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MANSFIELD - An East Wenatchee man’s desperate attempt to avoid a dead deer in the road in January resulted in his tragic demise months later.

On Monday, the Washington State Patrol announced the death of 33-year-old Joshua Vines. Vines recently died from injuries he sustained in a head-on crash on SR 28 near Mansfield in Douglas County on January 14, 2020.

At about 6:49 a.m., state troopers say Vines was driving east on SR 28 when he encountered a dead deer in the road. To avoid the animal carcass, Vines swerved, but lost control. Vines’s ill-fated effort resulted in him striking a vehicle driven by an Ephrata woman in the oncoming lane.

The driver of the other vehicle, 40-year-old Wendy Nevarez Macias, was injured, but survived.

Vines was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he remained until his death.

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