Family: Man Involved in Crash with Trooper in Lakeville Dies

Family: Man Involved in Crash with Trooper in Lakeville Dies Photo: KSTP/File

May 23, 2018 02:29 PM

According to a family post on CaringBridge, the man involved in a head-on crash with a state trooper in Lakeville died Tuesday, exactly one week after the crash.

Tresea Briggs posted on 29-year-old Wesley Paul Briggs' page: 


"We are heartbroken today because our sweet, kind, goofy, (lovable), super strong Wesley passed away yesterday afternoon."

RELATED: State Patrol: Trooper hit Head-On in Lakeville

The post continues:

He was surrounded by so many who loved him beyond measure, including his constant companion Samson.

Thank you all for your loving, prayers, words, gestures and thoughts this last week. Your kindness has been a gift to those who love him so dearly. The amount of love and kindness that has been so readily shared with this family is a comfort that is so needed at this time.

A memorial service is being planned for this coming Saturday in Lakeville, MN. Details will be posted later today.

UPDATE: Trooper in 'Satisfactory' Condition, Lakeville Man in Serious Condition Following Head-On Crash

The Minnesota State Patrol said the trooper, 35-year-old Sgt. Mike Krukowski of Oakdale, was traveling south on Kendrick Avenue near 205th Street around 4 p.m. on May 15 when Briggs' Chrysler traveling on I-35 "for unknown reasons went off the road to the right side, vaulted over the freeway fence, and hit the state trooper head on at a high rate of speed."

Briggs was airlifted to North Memorial.

Krukowski was transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center after the crash. He has since thanked the public for supporting him in the days after the crash.

He suffered a broken arm and broken bones in both feet, according to the State Patrol. 

RELATED: State Trooper Injured in Head-On Crash Thanks Public for Support


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