Big Lake man dies after crashing into home of couple watching television at the time

A Big Lake man was killed Saturday after driving his 2000 GMC Yukon into the side of a house in the 16800 block of 242nd Avenue in Orrock Township in Sherburne County.

Homeowners Lionel and Janene Callies were in the house watching TV just after 7 p.m. when they heard the crash from another portion of the house, according to Sher Sheriff Joel Brott.

A call was placed to 911 after the Callies’ discovered what had happened and attempted to render aid. Deputies arrived minutes later to find the driver and sole occupant in the vehicle unresponsive.  Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and Ray Kopponen, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was injured as a result of the crash. The cause of death as well as the accident remains under investigation.

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