A man fishing along the shore of a west-central Minnesota lake was struck by a vehicle and killed on Wednesday.
The tragic news comes from the Stevens County Sheriff's Office. At 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, 911 dispatch was alerted to a crash on County Road 10, just west of County Road 1, along Long Lake near Morris.
A 40-year-old Brooten man was driving eastbound on 10 when he drifted into the westbound lane and collided with a pickup truck parked on the side of the road for "fishing purposes," the sheriff's release says.
The collision caused the Brooten man's car to go sideways down an embankment, where it struck Nicholas Hervin, 32, of Morris, who was fishing from the shore.
Hervin was transported to Stevens County Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
The 40-year-old that hit Hervin was taken to the hospital and later arrested on several outstanding warrants, details of which have not been provided.
The crash remains under investigation by the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.
Hervin remembered as beloved baseball player
Hervin has since been honored on Facebook by the Chokio Coyotes, the amateur baseball team he played for.
"We lost a great friend and teammate of the Coyotes family last night... we'll miss your smile and laugh in the dugout, your homerun trot, watching you compete on the mound, seeing how pumped you'd get when the defense made a play for you, and all the roadtrips to and from games," wrote team manager Justin Daly.
"You were one of the originals and you'll forever be in our thoughts when we're at the ballpark. Coyotes games won't be the same without out you! We'll be sure to have a few extra post game beers for you buddy!"
Hervin was born in St. Cloud and graduated from Rocori High School in 2004 and later the University of Minnesota-Morris, according to his obituary, which adds:
"He loved all sports, but above all, baseball. He played ball for the Chokio Coyotes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, and everything outdoors. Nicholas was laid back but competitive. He could connect with anyone and was a wonderful listener. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. He will forever be in our hearts."