Michigan State Police Trooper Dies From Injuries Sustained In On-Duty Crash Nearly A Month Ago

Trooper Starr
Photo credit Michigan State Police
By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Michigan State Police are mourning one of their own who died following an on-duty traffic crash caused by a drunk driver last month.

State Police confirm Trooper Caleb Starr, 33, of the Lakeview Post has passed away from injuries he sustained.

Trooper Starr was traveling on Grand River Avenue in his patrol car when a woman from Utah, 28, crossed the centerline and rammed into his cruiser head-on, according to a press release.

It happened in Boston Township, about 25 miles east of Grand Rapids, on July 10 just before 10 pm.

State Police tell WWJ he was taken by helicopter to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he died Friday evening.

The woman at-fault remains hospitalized and charges are pending.

Trooper Starr has served in the Michigan State Police since September of 2018.

“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,” Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP, said in the press release.

Trooper Starr leaves behind his wife, Rachael, a civilian member of MSP, and their two little daughters.