MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man is dead after his car struck a tree west of the metro Thursday night.

The crash occurred near 5836 65th Street Northeast in Franklin Township just before 11:30 p.m.

Deputies found a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban that had hit a tree with extensive damage to the front end. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, 49-year-old David Sabourin, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said Sabourin was traveling north on County Line Road when he lost control on a curve, left the roadway and hit the tree.

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His family said the victim was a father of four. He was the owner of Sabourin’s Liquor Store, and also served as a custodian at Delano High School.

Terry Cook worked alongside Sabourin at Delano High School.

“He was Mr. bubbly personality, caring, very likable man,” he said.

Cook got the news in a staff meeting.

“Tough day,” he said, “tough way to learn about a good friend.”

And a good person, he says. Sabourin was a volunteer firefighter who helped care for his sick mother, a nurturer.

“His main thing, he was always concerned about other people, he had a bout with cancer a few years ago and it was never about him, it was about everybody else,” Cook said.

A man who wore many hats and touched many hearts.

The crash is still under investigation.

Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield