WATCH: Maserati salesman posts Facebook Live video before dying in crash

Highlands Ranch, Colorado - A 24-year-old employee of a suburban Denver Maserati dealership has been found dead behind the wheel of one of the sports cars following a suspected high-speed crash.

KUSA-TV reports a passer-by spotted the 2017 Maserati Ghibli covered in frost Saturday (January 14) morning in a retention pond.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies arrived to find Brandon Gianopoulos dead inside. The Fort Collins man worked at Mike Ward Maserati, which owned the car.

"Impossible for us to understand"

Mike Ward released a statement: "Brandon was a wonderful young man who will be deeply missed by his family and by his co-workers at Mike Ward Automotive.

It is impossible for us to understand why these things happen and we are all extremely saddened by this tragedy. Our condolences go out to his family and all that knew and loved Brandon. Our Prayers are with you all." 

Investigators believe excessive speed was a factor in the crash. Gianopoulos was the only one in the vehicle.

KUSA reports that a 27-second Facebook Live video was posted by Gianopoulos on Friday night showing someone behind the wheel of a Maserati accelerating from 3km/h to 178km/h. The sheriff's office isn't commenting on whether the video was a factor in the accident.

Watch: Facebook Live clip posted by Gianopoulos 

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