MONROE, Ga. — A man died after his SUV left the highway and hit a tree.

State troopers and local public safety personnel responded late Wednesday morning to a crash on U.S. 78 near Sardis Church Road west of Monroe. A 2005 Honda Pilot driving east on U.S. 78 went off the south shoulder of the highway and struck a tree head-on.

The driver, 83-year-old Gerald Luenzmann of Monroe, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers have not determined why Luenzmann lost control of his SUV, Lt. Stephanie Stallings said. The investigation is ongoing.

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