Police: Man dead, woman rescued after car accelerates into Grand Rapids lake

It happened around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.
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One person is dead after a car drove into a lake in Grand Rapids early Wednesday morning. 

The Grand Rapids Police Department responded to a 911 call just after 2:45 a.m. with local residents saying they were awakened by the sound of a car accelerating at a high rate of speed on Pokegama Ave.

It then drove through a "T" intersection and plunged into Crystal Lake. 

A female passenger was able to escape the car and was helped to dry land by residents in the neighborhood. 

The man driving the vehicle, however, didn't make it out. Officers responded to the 911 call three minutes after it was made and swam into the lake, but they weren't able to get to him on time. 

A dive team from the Itasca County Sheriff's Office later recovered his body from the vehicle, and he was pronounced dead.

The woman was taken to Grand Itasca Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The identity of the victim and the passenger are being withheld as the investigation continues. It's not yet been determined what caused the car to enter the lake.

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