A Franklin man died in an early-morning crash on West Franklin Road on Saturday.

John Emerson, 51, was discovered by a passerby in a 2010 Silver Chevy Aveo that had come to rest on its roof near 45 West Franklin Road at around 1:08 a.m. When state troopers arrived on the scene, Emerson had died, according to Shannon Moss, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

An initial investigation indicates that Emerson crossed the centerline before leaving the roadway. Emerson’s vehicle struck a rock before rolling onto its roof. Officials believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated John Emerson’s age.

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.