Michael Newbold, 16, who would have been entering his sophomore year at Weston-McEwen High School in the autumn, died early Tuesday in a wreck in Umatilla County, a school official said.

The crash also injured the driver, Logan Foster, 18, of Weston, and a 15-year-old girl.

Foster was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, while the girl was flown by helicopter to a hospital, officials said.

Grief counselors are available for students and staff in the Weston-McEwen High School library today, Superintendent Laure Quaresma said Tuesday evening.

Newbold died at the scene of a rollover on Wildhorse Road, near the Umatilla Indian Reservation, around 2:40 a.m., officials said. The car went over an embankment and struck a tree. Newbold was ejected from the car, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

He was a well-loved student with a happy demeanor, Quaresma said. “It’s just tragic.”

Because the school year has ended and district families are spread throughout many miles, school staff are making extensive efforts to let families know support and help will be available all day today.

The Newbold family lives in Weston, and Michael’s younger siblings are also enrolled in the district, Quaresma said.

For more information, call Weston-McEwen High School at 541-566-3555.

No new information on the crash, still under investigation, was available this morning, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

Sheila Hagar has written for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin since 1998. Sheila covers education in the Walla Walla Valley. She also writes a column, Home Place, usually highlighting family life and slices of local life.

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