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Man killed in wrong-way crash in Waconia was father-of-2

The crash happened Monday on Hwy. 5 near Hartmann Drive.

The man killed in a wrong-way crash in Waconia this week leaves behind two children of his own and a stepdaughter, according to an online fundraiser in his name

Michael Jon Clarkson, 45, of Rockford, Minnesota, was driving a 2002 Chevy Silverado westbound on Hwy. 5 when he was struck head-on by a 2015 Silverado traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. 

The GoFundMe for his family says Clarkson's children are ages 13 and 9, respectively. He also leaves behind a stepdaughter and their mother. 

"Mike loved outdoor activities fishing and hunting mostly," the fundraiser says. "He enjoyed a good Sci-fi movie., old school rock n roll, visiting the beach and a good beer. He had a silly laugh and a heart of gold."

As of Friday morning, the fundraiser had generated approximately $2,100 of a $5,000 goal. 

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. Monday on the busy highway near Hartmann Drive. The wrong-way driver, identified as a 57-year-old Cokato woman, suffered life-threatening injuries and her condition at this point is unknown. 

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Traffic Safety, at least 83 people have died on Minnesota roads so far in 2019, compared to 80 at the same time last year. 

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