A popular Ramsey County Sheriff’s reserve officer died Sunday morning after being hit near a D.A.R.E. fundraising event in Maplewood, Saturday night at about 8:30.
Michael Wilken, 56, was directing traffic for Fright Farm at the intersection of Frost and White Bear Avenue when he was struck by a car heading north on White Bear Avenue. He suffered many critical injuries, including head injuries, and was taken to Regions Hospital.
Reserve Deputy Wilken had been with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years, volunteering at hundreds of community events. He loved working the Fright Farm event.
Maplewood Police and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating the accident. The driver was questioned by officers. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.
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