A driver can do everything right but Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials say they can’t expect the unexpected.

Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Mike Krukowski’s squad SUV following a crash near Lakeville on May 15th.

Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Mike Krukowski was prepared for the unexpected by wearing his seat belt when his squad was hit by another vehicle in Lakeville on May 15.

Sgt. Krukowski credits his seat belt for saving his life. “It could have been a very different matter had I not been wearing my seatbelt. (I’m) just fortunate to be alive still and not in a position where my wife is planning my funeral,” he said.

Krukowski suffered two broken feet and a broken arm in the crash on I-35.

Krukowski was in his state patrol SUV when a car veered off I-35, went through the freeway fence and struck the trooper’s squad head-on. “I’ve got some broken feet and a broken arm out of the crash,” he explained, “I’m just super blessed that I didn’t get hurt worse.”

The driver in the other vehicle died a few days after the crash.

The Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement is underway through June 3rd across Minnesota.