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A Palacios man died in a one-vehicle wreck in Matagorda County at 10:58 p.m. Sunday.

Matthew Ethan Merck, 26, was driving a 2017 Ford F250 northwest on Farm-to-Market Road 2853, about 5 miles southeast of Blessing, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Castro said Monday.

The speed limit is 60 mph on that road.

Merck failed to take a curve, left the roadway and struck a tree, Castro said. He was wearing a seat belt.

Matagorda County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Mark Finlay pronounced Merck dead at 11:11 p..m. at the scene.

The wreck remains under investigation, Castro said.

Gabriella Canales reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6578.

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