Updated: 02/13/2014 9:28 PM
Created: 02/11/2014 10:09 AM WDIO.com
A Duluth man says a car flew about 60 feet before hitting a boulder near Lake Superior Tuesday morning.
Ken Greshowak, who lives on the 8700 block of Congdon Boulevard, said he called 911 after discovering the accident in front of his house just after sunrise.
Greshowak said "apparently this car got wedged between the guard rail and the woods, hit the cliff of the lake and probably catapulted 60 feet in the air and dropped probably 25 or 30 feet."
Inside, Greshowak found a man, later identified by police as Justin Lee Pfannes. He's at St. Luke's Hopsital in stable condition on Thursday, upgraded from critical on Tuesday.
He said that Pfannes "was in pretty tough shape. I saw that he only had a T-shirt on and I couldn't understand his speech. I thought this guy was going into shock so I took my coat off and put that on him and gave him reassurance that help was on the way."
Greshowak couldn't say how long Pfannes had been there but suspected several hours because the engine was cold.
"He actually looked at me and asked 'am I dead?' I said 'no, you're not, but you're missing a heck of a sunrise.'"
Photos from Greshowak show emergency responders on the scene, taking the victim away from the car on a stretcher.
Douglas County Authorities Seeking Wanted Sex Offender
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help finding a sex offender who broke parole.
Minn. Deer Harvest Expected to be Lowest in Decades
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects this year's deer harvest will be one of the lowest in decades. But, that's by design.
Great Lakes Water Levels Rise to Above Average
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit says water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron are above average this season for the first time since 1998.
Authorities Investigating Possible Homicide on the Fond Du Lac Reservation
Authorities are investigating the death of a 31-year-old woman in Stoney Brook Township on the Fond Du Lac Reservation. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Monday that they believe the death was an act of violence. One suspect has been taken into custody and authorities are asking for the public's help locating a woman who may have more information.
Duluth Man Pleads Guilty to Suffocation Death of 13-month-old Daughter
A 30-year-old Duluth man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the suffocation death of his 13-month old daughter. The St. Louis County Attorney's office announced Christopher Dennis Peterson's plea in State District Court on Monday.