Driver who had apparent medical emergency crashes, dies in Rogers

Rogers Police report that a 63-year-old male driver from Elk River has died following a crash Thursday, Dec. 12, that might have been caused by the man’s medical condition.

Police were dispatched to a personal injury motor vehicle crash at County Rd. 81 and Brockton Lane. The car’s Onstar system called and reported the crash. A passerby also reported the crash, and said that the driver did not have a pulse and was not breathing.

Officers and Rogers Fire personnel arrived and could not locate the crash. After a brief search, the crash site was found on the south side of County Rd. 81 east of Brockton Lane. The vehicle was on fire and the driver was pulled from the vehicle by good samaritans.

Officers and fire personnel performed CPR on the driver, and shocked him eight times with a defibrillator. North Memorial Ambulance and Air Care responded and administered first aid, including three more shocks from a defibrillator. The driver was transported by ambulance to North Memorial Hospital.

The vehicle was westbound on County Road 81 from the area of Holly Lane. It appeared that the driver had a medical emergency. The vehicle crossed the eastbound lanes and entered the south ditch of County Road 81. The vehicle continued west, where it struck a fence behind the Co-Op building (11810 Brockton Lane), came to a stop, and started on fire.

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