Family says man involved in Lakeville crash with state trooper has died

They have paid tribute to Wesley Briggs.
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The driver who crashed into a state trooper in Lakeville earlier this month has died, his family has confirmed.

Wesley Briggs, 29, of Lakeville, suffered critical injuries after his vehicle left I-35, crashed through a freeway fence and smashed head on into a State Patrol squad car driven by Sgt. Mike Krukowski.

In a post on his Caring Bridge page, the Briggs family wrote: "We are heartbroken today because our sweet, kind, goofy, lovable, super strong Wesley passed away yesterday afternoon."

He died "surrounded by so many who loved him beyond measure," the family said, including his dog and "constant companion," Samson.

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A memorial service is being planned for this coming Saturday in Lakeville.

It's not yet clear what caused Briggs' Chrysler to leave the road and collide with Sgt. Krukowki's squad.

The trooper suffered two broken feet and a broken arm in the crash, which left him pinned in his squad car. Briggs suffered injuries that required airlifting to North Memorial Hospital.

A posting on Caring Bridge on Friday says Briggs had to be placed in a medically-induced coma as a result of swelling of his brain.

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