Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Eric Wesley Kasprzyk, age 40 of Rosemount, has been charged* with three counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide (Negligence and Under the Influence; Gross Negligence and Leaving the Scene) and one count of Burglary in the First Degree (all 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. The allegations contained in the criminal complaint reflect that around 8:30 a.m. on April 1, 2016, Lakeville Police Officers responded to a report of a driver in a BMW traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of 160th Street at a high rate of speed. It was also reported that a vehicle matching this description 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.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: Criminal Complaint Search. A mug shot can be viewed online at: Inmate Search. Backstrom commented: “This appears to be another example of impaired driving that has tragically taken another life on our roads and a home invasion that threatened the safety of the home’s occupants.” According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, 75 deaths have occurred so far in 2016 (compared to 62 lives lost at this same time last year in Minnesota). Backstrom extended his sympathies on behalf of law enforcement to the family and friends of Osah Phetsarath.Kasprzyk made his first appearance in court today and bail in the amount of $250,000 without conditions ($200,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Christopher Lehmann. The next court appearance was set for May 11, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Hastings. Backstrom thanked the Lakeville Police Department and the Apple Valley Police Department for their prompt response and thorough investigation into this crash. If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.