Man killed in West St. Paul motorcycle crash identified

Pictures of wreck posted to social media

The victim of a fatal crash between a motorcycle and a car on Sept. 4 in West St. Paul has been identified.

According to a Hennepin County Medical Examiner press release, 50-year-old David Cook of West St. Paul died from multiple blunt force injures sustained in the accident. 

Around 11:30 a.m., West St. Paul police officers were called to South Robert Street and Butler Avenue East on report of an accident involving a motorcycle and car, according to a West St. Paul Police Department statement.

Officers found the motorcycle driver, who was later identified as Cook, dead at the scene.

The 66-year-old male driver of the car was not injured and is cooperating fully with the investigation, according to police. He was not arrested.

The Minnesota State Patrol Reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation, and the cause of the collision is under investigation. The full investigation, which includes information from the reconstruction, could take months. Once the investigation is completed, the case will be reviewed by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

Shortly after the Labor Day accident took place, the West St. Paul Police Department posted on its Facebook page saying it had seen pictures of the accident posted online. The department asked people to refrain from doing so out of respect to the victim and his family. 

An administrator on the Inver Grove Heights Neighbors Chat Facebook page posted that anyone posting pictures to the group would be instantly banned from the group.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to call the West St. Paul Police Department at 651-552-4200.


Hannah Burlingame

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