A 22-year-old Belgrade man died after driving into a Stearns County highway ditch, sending his vehicle airborne and crashing into an unoccupied residence, according to Stearns County Sheriff's Office. Just before 7 a.m. Thursday, a passerby reported finding an unresponsive man on a rural stretch of road south of St. Martin.

First responders extricated the driver, Cory Sturges, from a 2008 Pontiac G6 and began lifesaving measures. Sturges was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe Sturges was traveling north on County Road 195 when his vehicle left the road and entered the ditch, where it struck a driveway approach and crashed into the house.

Jenny Berg