by Jim Boyle
Funeral services for Luke Mogler, a 21-year-old Elk River man, were held Thursday, July 13, at River of Life Church in Elk River.
Mogler died as a result of an automobile crash not far from his home early on the morning of July 8 on a straightaway portion of Twin Lakes Road.
The Elk River High School graduate is being remembered as someone who was passionate about everything he did and who put a smile on people’s faces, according to his obituary.
He worked in the meat department at Coborn’s Superstore in Elk River and was an avid hunter and a fisherman.
Elk River Police were called to the scene of the crash at 2:11 a.m., July 8 to 20296 Twin Lakes Road, but they arrived to find there were no eyewitnesses.
A resident at the home where Mogler’s vehicle collided with a tree in her front yard said she awoke to sound of the crash.
Mogler was the lone occupant in his vehicle. Police found him to be unconscious and breathing, and he was eventually airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died at 3:19 a.m. from multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.
The crash happened north of Viking Boulevard and south of 205th Avenue. There were no visible signs on the road of any attempts to brake, but police are awaiting results from an event data recorder (black box) located in the vehicle that may provide additional details on speed, braking and other data leading up to the crash, according to Patrol Capt. Darren McKernan of the Elk River Police.
Mogler’s vehicle went off the road, down into a ditch and took out a sign before the collision with a tree that sheered part of Mogler’s truck and sent parts of the vehicle flying.
A resident who saw the aftermath of the crash said she saw gaming equipment in the vehicle, and there has been speculation that Mogler fell asleep. The Elk River Police and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner are investigating the cause of the crash, but McKernan noted it is not a criminal investigation. He stated police are waiting for the results from the medical examiner’s office, which could take six months. That office will run toxicology tests and determine a cause of death.
When asked about why the truck may have left the road, McKernan said: “At this time it would be purely speculative to make a guess on why he left the road. There could be a variety of reasons for why this occurred.”