Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police in Wabasha County are investigating why a man was lying in the road when he was hit by a semi truck early Monday morning.
The accident happened on Wabasha County Road 2, located a mile north of Elgin, Minn. around 12:10 a.m.
The man, identified as 20-year-old Ross Grobe, was dead at the scene.
Officers continue to investigate why Grobe, who is from rural Elgin, was lying in the middle of the road.
Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh said an autopsy is being performed to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
“We know that he was out with his friends all day,” Bartsh said.
An investigator with the case said suicide and foul play is not suspected.
Grobe was a graduate of Plainview-Elgin-Millville High School where he was a stand-out athlete. He recently became the coach of the middle school’s seventh grade boy’s basketball team.
“It’s really very hard to believe because I just saw him last night. He was a great, great guy,” said friend Mary Claire Wingert who had seen Grobe at a restaurant hours before his death.
“He was always very happy. He always had time to say hi to everyone no matter what was going on,” she said. “He was a really great friend.”