State Patrol: Mantorville man in Highway 52 crash negative for alcohol in lab tests

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — The Minnesota State Patrol has reversed its own preliminary finding that alcohol played a role in a serious crash in mid-March.

The two-car collision on Highway 52 sent a Mantorville man to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys with life-threatening injuries.

The State Patrol now says laboratory tests proved that Joseph Biksacky, 23, of Mantorville had no alcohol in his system when the crash happened at 9:55 p.m. on March 17.

Biksacky was driving a 1991 Ford Focus south on County Road 8 when he tried to cross Highway 52 to continue south on Highway 57.

MSP said Danielle Knitter, 25, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was driving a 2012 Kia Optima that hit Biksacky’s car–she was taken to Saint Marys with non-life threatening injuries.

Biksacky has since recovered.

MSP initially reported alcohol was involved, but after lab tests cleared Biksacky, has now sent its crash investigation reports to the Goodhue County Attorney for review and possible charges.

“It was a lot of frustration. I knew I had a long road ahead of me recovering, I didn’t need this causing me more stress,” said Biksacky.  “I have always cared a lot about what people think—having that out there really bothered me.”

Biksacky said he was coming home from a Minnesota Wild hockey game when it happened.  He said he was in the hospital for eleven days.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com

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