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Hawley man found dead in car on County Road 15 after it veered off highway

Authorities have released the name of a 32-year-old Hawley man who died Sunday after being found unconscious by authorities on Becker County Road 15.

Ryan Daniel Leister was found unconscious at 1:23 p.m. after law enforcement, fire and rescue, and EMS crews from several agencies responded to a call that a vehicle, a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, had driven off the road about a mile south of Highway 10 and come to rest in a lowland area.

The Becker County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, Detroit Lakes Fire and Rescue, Detroit Lakes EMS, and Audubon Fire and Rescue responded to the call.

Rescue workers attempted to resuscitate Leister, but efforts were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at St. Mary's Innovis in Detroit Lakes.

He apparently was heading northbound on County Road 15 and was believed to be heading back home towards Hawley.

Due to the lack of damage to the vehicle, an autopsy was conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

A provisional autospy report indicated that Leister died from a pre-existing heart condition.

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