Fatal Crash North of Paynesville 12 Feb 13

A Paynesville man died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday night north of Paynesville.

Stearns County authorities say 45-year-old Darrin John Schaefer was taken to the Paynesville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says Schaefer was driving a pickup south on County Road 195 in Zion Township when the vehicle left the roadway, rolled onto its side, and landed in a drainage ditch.

Schaefer was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. The crash happened at about 11:30 Saturday night and is under investigation.The incident is under investigation.