Off-duty State Trooper dies in freeway emergency

FLINT TWP. — Michigan State Police Trooper David Stokes, 41, of Davison, died at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, while offduty, according to an MSP press release.

Stokes suffered a medical emergency while driving on southbound I-75 near the Miller Road exit in Flint Township. His personal vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in a weedy area.

Stokes was transported to the hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

“The Michigan State Police is mourning the loss of a great trooper today,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director. “Trooper Stokes’ dedication to service will be his legacy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.”

Stokes, a 14-year veteran of the Flint Post, received the department’s Bravery Award in 1999, Lifesaving Award in 2008 and Unit Citation in 2008. He leaves behind a wife and three children. — R.S.

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