Milton-Freewater man dies in collision early Saturday morning

U-B FILE PHOTO: Nick Gettman (left) talks with family and friends, including best friend Austin Good (right), in his hospital room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center while spending an hour upright in a wheelchair as part of his physical therapy.

U-B FILE PHOTO: Nick Gettman (left) talks with family and friends, including best friend Austin Good (right), in his hospital room at Providence St. Mary Medical Center while spending an hour upright in a wheelchair as part of his physical therapy. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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MILTON-FREEWATER — A local man died in a single-vehicle accident this morning after his pickup rolled off a rural road northeast of town.

Nick Gettman, 26, was found dead in a pickup by Milton-Freewater Rural Fire Department personnel around 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of Spofford and Birch Creek roads; there were no other occupants in the pickup.

The victim's name was confirmed by a former employer of Gettman and through Facebook.

A Umatilla County Sheriff's deputy said they were uncertain of the exact time the accident happened and that they are investigating.

Gettman was a paraplegic known for his outstanding attitude about life and a willingness to work hard to overcome every challenge.

He was featured in a 2010 Union-Bulletin story.

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