A Raleigh doctor was driving in his Porsche at nearly 150 mph when he missed his exit off Wade Avenue and slammed into a tree Thursday around 3 p.m., Raleigh police said.
The crash left parts of the vehicle, including the engine block, scattered on the shoulder just past the Interstate 40 eastbound exit.
Matthew Strouch, of Raleigh was driving his 2016 Porsche at approximately 148 mph in a 60 mph zone when he missed his exit onto the I-40 ramp, lost control of the car, left the roadway to the right side of Wade Avenue and went airborne before crashing into a tree, according to a Raleigh police wreck report.
The Porsche, which police estimated to be worth $127,000, was broken into several pieces and Strouch was completely ejected from the vehicle, according to the report. He was wearing his seat belt, but the airbag did not deploy, the report showed.
A witness called 911 to report the crash, according to calls released by police.
“We are on Interstate 40. We just saw a Porsche flip over and the man is dead,” the caller said.
After repeating to the dispatcher what happened and giving a location of the crash, the caller said Strouch was actually still alive.
“He’s still breathing, though. A [witness] says he’s still breathing. Oh my goodness!”
Strouch was transported to WakeMed with life-threatening injuries. He died at the hospital, police said.
Strouch was the medical director of the Colorectal Division of North Carolina Surgery at UNC REX, according to a statement from the healthcare provider.
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.
Dr. Strouch was Medical Director of the Colorectal Division of North Carolina Surgery and specialized in life-saving procedures for patients with colon and rectal cancer and other gastrointestinal problems. He joined UNC REX in 2012.”
No other vehicles were involved in the crash and no one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The police report shows that Strouch was not tested for drugs or alcohol and speed was the main contributing factor in the crash.
The crash shut down the road until approximately 6 p.m.