A New Vineyard man died Tuesday morning after his vehicle veered off Route 145 in Freeman Township, police said.

Cameron Bopp, 67, died instantly when he was thrown from his vehicle after it hit large trees, according to a Franklin County Sheriff’s news release. The single-vehicle crash was reported at 8:28 a.m. Tuesday by a passer-by, but the crash could have occurred earlier, said Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Bopp was driving a gray 2004 Volkswagen north on Route 145 when he traveled down a hill at what appeared to be a high speed, according to the release. The car drifted to the side of the road and hit large trees, ripping the car apart and ejecting Bopp. No one else was in the car at the time.

Nichols said police believe that Bopp, who was a medical doctor, was on his way to work at the Mt. Abram Regional Health Center in Kingfield at the time of the crash. A message left at the health center was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Police don’t know yet if Bopp was wearing a seatbelt, Nichols said.

The Strong and Kingfield fire departments, Maine State Police, Northstar Ambulance and the sheriff’s office responded to the scene.

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