MSP trooper dies weeks after crash

Ionia County

**CORRECTION: A previous version of this story used video that was from a different crash. This video has been removed. News 8 apologizes for the error.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan State Police trooper has died three weeks after being involved in a serious crash near Saranac in Ionia County.

Trooper Caleb Starr, 33, died Friday night. He joined MSP in September 2018. He is survived by his wife, Rachael, a civilian member of the state police and their two young daughters.

The crash happened just before 10 p.m. July 10 on Grand River Avenue west of Nash Highway in Boston Township.

Starr of the Lakeview Post was heading west on Grand River Avenue in his cruiser when he was hit head on by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 28-year-old Utah woman.

Starr was extricated from the cruiser after the crash. He was airlifted to Spectrum Heath Butterworth Hospital in critical condition. He was being treated there until he died, according to MSP.

Investigators say Starr was steadily driving, below the speed limit at the time.

A Michigan State Police cruiser (left) and a jeep (right) that were involved in a two-vehicle crash in Ionia County’s Boston Township on July 10, 2020. (Photos courtesy: Michigan State Police)

On Friday, MSP said the other driver was drunk and charges are pending against her. She is believed to still be hospitalized, the state police said.

“The Michigan State Police mourns the loss of not just a trooper, but a husband, father and dedicated public servant who had so much left to give in a life that was cut far too short,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP in a press release.

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