• July 15, 2022

Mark Hagen Killed in Semi-Truck Hit-and-Run on Engler Blvd in Chaska, MN

Chaska, MN — July 14, 2022, motorcyclist Mark Hagen was fatally injured in a crash with a semi-truck on Engler Boulevard in Chaska.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 a.m. on Engler at Clover Ridge Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests 46-year-old Jeffrey Pike was driving a semi-truck overloaded with gravel when he allegedly ran the Engler/Clover Ridge traffic light and hit Mark Hagen's motorcycle. Pike drove away after the collision.

Hagen suffered critical injuries in the collision. He was transported to an area hospital where he died a short time later.

A witness followed Pike when he left the scene, took pictures of his truck, and sent them to authorities. He returned to the crash scene around 20 minutes later. Inspections of his vehicle found 10 or more violations including airbag leaks and damaged brake hoses.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

The motorcyclist was taken to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead shortly after.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Mark Hagen Accident on Engler in Chaska

This terrible incident is absolutely littered with red flags. A witness told police the truck had plenty of time to stop and simply didn't; what's more, the truck had so many safety issues (its brake lines were apparently "repaired" with electrical tape) that it was officially deemed out of service by inspectors. Couple that with the truck driver leaving the scene and later telling investigators he mistook hitting the motorcycle as "gust of wind" and it seems both the truck and the man at its wheel were significant safety hazards. However, it seems like they're not the only ones who should get a closer look.

Reports said that driver was on his way to deliver the gravel in his truck when he ran the light. If he was on the job when he fatally hurt the victim, his employer may also be responsible for the damage he did. Considering that company might also be allowing an overloaded big rig with janky brakes and bad airbags to pass through city street, it seems like the company's standards and practices should be heavily audited.

Even with the cards seemingly stacked against the trucker here, though, I've had to warn a lot of people through the years not to take their supposed "open and shut" situations for granted. A trucking company will use whatever tricks, excuses, and tactics it can to get off the hot seat and defend its assets; in fact, in decades of working on truck wrecks I've encountered exactly one company that simply admitted fault and made things right without a protracted legal battle. That's why I encourage people to prepare and gather clear evidence of what happened rather than relying on police reports or even common sense to carry them through. To make sure everyone responsible for a family's loss in Chaska is held accountable, more investigation above and beyond police efforts may be needed.

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