ST. PAUL — The Minnesota State Patrol has reversed a key notation in a crash report from March.
In a March 17, 2019, crash report, the state patrol noted next to the driver's name that alcohol was involved concerning Joseph Richard Biksacky. Last week, the state patrol changed that item in the crash report from "Alcohol involved: Yes" to "Alcohol involved: No."
Biksacky, 23, of Mantorville was southbound on Goodhue County Road 8 when he attempted to cross U.S. Highway 52 to continue on Minnesota Highway 57 at 9:55 p.m. on the evening of St. Patrick's Day. Biksacky attempted to cross the highway at Hader in his 1991 Ford Escort. Meanwhile, Danielle Rae Knitter, 25, of Eau Claire, Wis., was southbound on Highway 52. The vehicles collided at the intersection.
At the time, both individuals were transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys. Knitter suffered non-life threatening injuries while Biksacky's injuries were listed as life-threatening.
Biksacky said after dealing with a crash where he suffered "a lot of severe injuries," he's glad the record is being set straight.
"That's the big thing I'd like to get out, that alcohol had not been involved," he said. "I knew I had a long road ahead of me recovering, and I didn’t need stories out there I’d been drinking and driving because it added to the stress I had."
Sgt. Troy Christianson with the state patrol said that when the crash occurred, troopers on the scene "had reasonable suspicion he was under the influence of alcohol" and obtained a search warrant for a test. However, that test came back negative for alcohol, and the crash report was updated July 3 to reflect the evidence.