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UNC REX doctor killed in high-speed crash was a father of 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - CBS 17 is learning new details about a single-car crash in Raleigh and the doctor -- a father of two -- who later died from his injuries.

A 911 call from a witness details what they saw around 3 p.m. Thursday on Wade Avenue near Interstate 40.

"We just saw a Porsche flip over and the man is dead," the caller told dispatchers. "He was going down a ramp and we just saw the car flip over, oh my God."

Authorities identified the driver as Dr. Matthew Strouch of UNC REX Healthcare.

Raleigh Police said Strouch was trying to exit onto eastbound I-40 from Wade Avenue before losing control while driving at 148 miles per hour.

Officers added Strouch went off the road to the right of Wade Avenue and went airborne before crashing into a tree nearby.

According to police, the car had estimated damages worth $127,000.

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UNC REX Healthcare officials said Strouch joined the hospital in 2012. He served as medical director of the Colorectal Division of North Carolina Surgery.

Hospitals officials released a statement to CBS 17 following Strouch's death:

"Our UNC REX Healthcare family is devastated by the death of Dr. Matthew Strouch, a highly regarded and compassionate colorectal surgeon. Our condolences go out to his wife and children, his patients and his co-workers."

In a video posted in April by the hospital, Strouch talked about his love of medicine and family, and passion for doing surgery.

"You realize that instead of giving medicine to get someone better, you can actually do it with your own hands," Strouch said in the video.

Strouch also talked about his personal life.

"I like to spend time with my kids. I have a 6-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son," he said in the video.

"I like to read. I like to watch movies. I like to play golf. Although, I don't play enough to have a very strong handicap," he added.

Officials added Strouch's family is requesting privacy at this time.


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