May 16, 2018 03:58 PM
A 40-year-old Rockville man was killed Tuesday morning when his car left the road and rolled over into the Sauk River, the Stearns County Sheriff's Department reports.
A release states the department responded to a report of a vehicle in the river at around 5:27 a.m. at the T intersection of Sauk River Road and County Road 139 in Rockville. Deputies arriving on the scene found a 2000 Honda CR-V on its roof in the water.
First responders were able to extricate the man from the vehicle, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family members.
The release states investigators believe the man applied the brakes late while approaching the intersection. The car is then believed to have traveled through the intersection, striking the yellow T warning sign.
Investigators believe the car continued into the ditch and struck a tree, which caused it to flip on its roof and into the river.
The release states deputies determined the driver was the vehicle's lone occupant, and that he borrowed the car from its owner Monday afternoon.
The incident remains under investigation.
*Editor's note: A previous version of the story identified the driver as 47. The driver used two identities, and authorities have since said he is 40.
Updated: May 16, 2018 03:58 PM
Created: May 15, 2018 10:39 AM
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