The Shelby County Sheriff’s office found 21-year-old Tanner Merz’ 2003 Ford Taurus upside down in a ditch along a county road south of Irwin early Saturday.
Authorities say the car was sitting on its roof when first responders arrived. Paramedics worked to extract the Falls City, Neb. man from his car, but Merz died at the scene.
Investigators say Merz was driving north when he lost control of his vehicle.
According to his obituary, Merz was a student at Midland Lutheran University studying teaching an coaching. He is survived by his parents and three brothers.