Fatal Crash West of Melrose

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A man died in a one-vehicle crash west of Melrose yesterday morning (Tuesday).

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened on County Road 186 and Sherwood Road just before 3:00 a.m.

Authorities say an SUV was going southeast on County Road 186 and lost control on a curve. The vehicle then went into the ditch, hit a field approach, and rolled.

Thirty-four-year-old Pedro Gomez Dela Cruz was found dead on the ground near the SUV.

As they were responding to the scene, authorities also found a man walking east on County Road 186. He has been identified as 38-year-old Luis Valencia, also of Melrose. He was taken to CentraCare Hospital in Melrose for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities did not say who was driving, but did say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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