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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities said a body was pulled from the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis after a car driving recklessly in the area ended up in the water late Monday night.

Police said the incident happened at about 9:40 p.m. Monday as a vehicle was driving wildly through downtown Minneapolis. The vehicle drove through a fence and plunged into the Mississippi River near the Stone Arch Bridge.

Authorities said a body was recovered in about 12 feet of water and the car was found about 50 feet from shore, but no other details have been released. Authorities have identified the driver as 27-year-old Darron Luhrsen, who according to officials was a third-year student at North Central University.

School officials released a statement Tuesday, saying Luhrsen was a standout student and a good friend to many at NCU.

“The school joins his family and loved ones in grieving at the news of this promising young student’s life cut short, a true tragedy,” said Paul White, the school’s vice president of university relations.

The school is making plans to hold a memorial service. Authorities said what led up to the crash and vehicle ending up in the water is still under investigation.

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