Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Eric Wesley Kasprzyk, age 40 of Rosemount, who previously pled guilty to each count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide (Gross Negligence) and Burglary in the First Degree (both felonies) in connection with a fatal crash and the aftermath that took place in Lakeville and Apple Valley on April 1, 2016, which killed Osah Phetsarath age 45 of Lakeville, was sentenced today by Judge Martha Simonett to 42 months in prison for each count, to be served concurrently.
On April 1, 2016, Lakeville Police Officers responded to a report of a driver, later identified as Eric Kasprzyk, in a BMW traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of 160th Street at a high rate of speed, ran a red light, causing a multiple vehicle crash, including striking a Toyota Camry, resulting in the death of the driver Osah Phetsarath. Kasprzyk fled the scene, shedding his clothes as he ran toward an Apple Valley residential area. He entered an occupied townhome where he initially went into a hallway closet and shut the door. One of the townhome occupants attempted to barricade the closet door, but Kasprzyk was able to push his way out of the closet. After exiting the closet, Kasprzyk locked all exterior doors. The occupants of the townhome called police. When police arrived, Kasprzyk attempted to physically restrain one of the townhome occupants from unlocking the front door to allow police in. The townhome occupant was able to unlock the door. Officers entered the townhome and took Kasprzyk into custody.
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Backstrom commented: “We are pleased to have brought this man to justice for this senseless death on our roads.” Backstrom extended his sympathy to the family and friends of Osah Phetsarath for their great loss.
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Kathy Keena, who prosecuted this case. He also thanked the Lakeville Police Department, Apple Valley Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol for their investigation in this case.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.