Man, 86, dies after vehicle hits tree

An 86-year-old man died early Saturday morning after his vehicle veered off U.S. Highway 12 in Lewis County and hit a tree, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The man was identified as Kenneth L. Whitmire of Yakima.

About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Whitmire was westbound on Highway 12 east of Morton in his 2002 Dodge Durango when he apparently lost control of the vehicle. It crossed the center line, left the road and hit a tree, according to the State Patrol.

Whitmire died at the scene.