Luverne, Minnesota Man Found Dead On Road; Police Investigating

Luverne, Minnesota — The Rock County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run that left a Luverne man dead and The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is asking for the region’s help to solve the case.

According to Rock County Sheriff Even VerBrugge, their office received a call in the noon hour on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, telling them of a man, possibly deceased, lying in the north ditch, on 141st street approximately 1/2 mile east of 60th Avenue. That’s five miles north of Beaver Creek or a mile north and seven miles west of Luverne.

When responders arrived, they found 76-year-old William Krotzer of Luverne had been struck by what is believed to be a newer model Chevrolet Z71 pickup, maroonish in color. Krotzer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rock County Coroner. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office did locate Krotzer’s vehicle with a flat tire approximately one mile east of the scene.

An autopsy is being done on the body.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, The Minnesota State Patrol, Rock County Highway Department, and the Luverne Fire Department assisted with the response to the incident.

If you have any information about the incident, including possibly spotting the vehicle, they’re asking you to call 507-283-5000.