1 dead after vehicle plunges into Sauk River in central Minnesota

It's believed to be the 101st first driving death on Minnesota roads this year.
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A driver died early Tuesday morning after he crashed and rolled upside down into the Sauk River in central Minnesota. 

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash at Sauk River Road and County Road 139 in Rockville at 5:27 a.m., and upon arrival they found a 2000 Honda CR-V in the Sauk River, upside down. 

First responders had to extricate a 47-year-old man from the vehicle and, despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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The sheriff's office believes the man was traveling south on County Road 139 and went through the intersection at Sauk River Road after hitting his brakes too late. 

He hit the yellow "T" road warning sign and went into the ditch, hitting a tree and then flipping onto the CR-V's roof into the river. 

The unidentified man was the only person in the vehicle, which he was borrowing from another person. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

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More than 100 deaths on Minnesota roads this year

The latest fatal crash is believed to be the 101st on Minnesota roads this year, according to the Department of Public Safety (DPS). 

The 100th death came over the weekend, slightly ahead of the pace it took  Minnesota to reach 100 driving deaths in 2017 (May 15). 

Not counting the man who died in Tuesday's crash at the Sauk River, 28 deaths have been alcohol-related, seven were distracted-driving deaths, 31 died in speeding-related crashes and 31 more weren't wearing a seatbelt. 

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