Man dies after truck crashes into St. Louis Park apartment

A truck driver who had a history of seizures has died after his vehicle crashed through the window of a St. Louis Park apartment.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said St. Paul resident Donald Ross Husband, 74, died Sept. 11 after the collision at 8:20 p.m. the previous day at 6980 Excelsior Blvd.

Husband had been transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died of multiple blunt-force injuries, according to a statement from the medical examiner’s office.

The statement says that the medical examiner and the St. Louis Park Police Department are investigating the accident, although a St. Louis Park police report states that police cleared the case.

St. Louis Park police responded to a report of a vehicle that had hit a building, according to the police report. Police found that the vehicle had smashed through the front window of an apartment.

From the tire marks in the grass, police said it was apparent that the vehicle had been traveling east on Excelsior Boulevard before it crossed the westbound lanes, jumped a curb and hit the building.

The driver, who the incident report identified as Husband, had been alert and moved from the driver’s seat to the front passenger seat when an officer made contact with him, according to the report. Husband appeared to be disoriented and had lacerations on his face, arms, hands and legs. All the airbags in the vehicle had deployed. The vehicle had partially entered the apartment had severe and disabling damage to its front end, the report states.

Emergency responders from Hennepin County Medical Center and the St. Louis Park Fire Department arrived and moved Husband from the vehicle to an ambulance that took him to the hospital, according to the report.

Husband told a St. Louis Park police officer in the ambulance that he suffered from seizures and believes he may have had one while driving east on Excelsior Boulevard, the police report states. Husband said he had been unable to have a drivers license in the past due to his frequent seizures but had been cleared to drive in the last few years.

Police contacted a resident in the studio apartment who said she had been in the kitchen when the vehicle smashed through the window and damaged a wall.

“Debris was scattered throughout the apartment and the apartment was unlivable (due) to the damage sustained,” the report states.

St. Louis Park police had requested a driver evaluation and medical exam to determine whether Husband was fit to operate a motor vehicle. However, the report ends by stating that Hennepin County Medical staff contacted the St. Louis Park Police Department to report Husband had died at the hospital.