Michigan State Police trooper dies after being struck by drunk driver

Posted at 10:31 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 22:31:03-04

(WXYZ) — A Michigan State Police trooper died after he was struck by a drunk driver while on-duty on July 10.

Caleb Starr, of the Lakeview Post, joined MSP in September 2018 and was 33 years old. He is survived by his wife Rachael, a civilian member of the MSP, and their two young daughters.

“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.

The July 10 crash occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in Boston Township in Ionia County.

Starr was westbound on Grand River Avenue in his patrol vehicle when a vehicle traveling east, driven by a 28-year woman from Utah, crossed the centerline. He was flown by medical helicopter to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he was being treated until he passed away earlier this evening.

Charges are pending against the female driver, who is believed to still be hospitalized.