Skip to main content

Authorities ID man found dead in burning car after crash


The man whose body was found in a burning car in Cottage Grove over the weekend has been identified.

Cottage Grove Public Safety confirmed Tuesday that Gordon Matthew Babbs, 52, of North Oaks, Minnesota, died after a crash around 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Innovation Road, near Highway 61.

Authorities arrived at the scene to find his vehicle fully engulfed in flames, with Babbs found dead inside the vehicle after it was extinguished.

An autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office found the preliminary cause of his death was "severe thermal injuries."

Although the precise circumstances of the crash remain under investigation, Cottage Grove Public Safety says Babbs was traveling at a "high rate of speed" in his 2016 Lincoln MKX.

He left the road and crashed through a chain link fence, before rolling several times and coming to rest on its side about 50 yards from the road.

The Hastings Star Gazette reports the Minnesota State Patrol found skid marks on the road near the crash scene, but it's not clear whether Babbs tried to brake before leaving the road.

Next Up


LUSH in Minneapolis to reopen under new ownership in December

FOX 9's Jason Matheson and two popular performers are among the new owners of the revived bar and restaurant.

unsplash roller blade close

Lace up: Indoor skating returns to US Bank Stadium this winter

The venue announced 13 Winter Warm-Up dates for both skaters and runners.


More than 1,500 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in MN

Minnesota's hospital systems continue to be under tremendous strain.

state patrol

3 killed in trio of crashes in Minnesota on Monday

The crashes happened in St. Louis, Winona and Carver counties.


Foo Fighters reveal 2022 Twin Cities tour stop

The show will require proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test.

MSP airport

Police investigating after large fight caught on video at MSP Airport

People threw punches, broke chairs and tossed stanchions during the incident.

Hennepin County Government Center

Driver who killed innocent man, dog while drag racing is sentenced

The victim and his dog were struck while trying to cross the street.


Shake Shack's first drive-through to open in Maple Grove next week

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Shake Shack to become more accessible.

kimberly potter

Brooklyn Center increases communication ahead of Potter's trial

The former officer is charged in the death of Daunte Wright. Her trial begins Tuesday with jury selection.


Reports: Gophers won't retain offensive coordinator Mike Sanford Jr.

Minnesota's passing attack hasn't been the same under Sanford Jr.

940 Margaret St, St Paul, MN 55106, United States - May 2019 (1)

4-year-old girl struck by hit-and-run driver in St. Paul

The girl was struck by the driver around 5 p.m. Monday.