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Worthington man dies in rollover

Painted marks in a ditch alongside Nobles County 25 at mile marker 11 designate the spot at which the Mitchell Benson vehicle came to rest following an early morning accident that claimed his life.

WORTHINGTON -- A young Worthington man died early Friday morning at Sanford Worthington Medical Center after being involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident.

Mitchell James Benson, 20, of Worthington, was brought to the emergency room by a private party, according to information released by the Nobles County Sheriff's Office.

According to the accident report, the NCSO was notified at 12:57 a.m. Friday that an injured person had been brought in from the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Nobles County 25, about two miles north of Worthington at 220th Street. It was determined that a passing car had come upon the accident, and the passersby removed Benson from the vehicle and transported him to the SWMC.

No other vehicles were involved, but the accident scene indicates a deer may have been a factor in causing the crash.

"They think he may have hit a deer or tried to miss a deer and hit it anyway, but we cannot confirm this as there are no witnesses," said Nobles County Chief Deputy Chris Heinrichs. "We will know more after a reconstruction of the accident."

The accident remains under investigation, and the Minnesota State Patrol will conduct the accident reconstruction, Heinrichs said.

Benson is the son of Phillip and Amy Benson, Worthington, and a 2010 graduate of Worthington High School, where he was an athlete involved in hockey, tennis and football. He had recently enlisted in the military and was set to go to boot camp in the fall.

This is the second fatality accident in Nobles County in 10 days, and the Minnesota State Patrol has investigated six fatality accidents statewide since the beginning of this week.

"It's been a deadly summer," said Heinrichs.

A funeral service for Benson will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Worthington Christian Church, 1501 N. Douglas Ave. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington.