Belgrade Man Dead After ATV Is Struck By SUV

A Stearns County man died after being struck by a vehicle while on his ATV. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said 76-year old Daniel Schwieters of Belgrade was southbound on County Road 175 at about 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday. As he was turning left onto 265th Street, he was struck from behind by a SUV driven by 27-year old Juan Hernandez Martinez of Melrose. The sheriff’s office said Schwieters was ejected from the ATV and suffered a severe head injury. He was airlifted to a hospital where he later died. Authorities also said the ATV had seat belts, but they don’t believe Schwieters was wearing it at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation.