Big Lake Township pedestrian dies in crash

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle and pedestrian crash that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Big Lake man on Monday.

The department was called to the scene of the accident at yesterday at 11:43 p.m. on Sherburne County Road 81 north of US Highway 10 in Big Lake Township.

According to Sheriff Joel Brott, deputies discovered that a motor vehicle driven by Michael Jorgenson, 45, Big Lake, hit a teenage pedestrian, identified as Efren Martinez, while traveling northbound on County Road 81.

There is no suspicion of alcohol or drug use by Jorgenson.  The crash remains under investigation.  Martinez was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office where an autopsy will be performed.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Big lake Police Department, The MN State Patrol and New River Ambulance.  The Sheriff’s Office will map and reconstruct the crash.