A fund created by friends and family to assist a victim of a man badly injured in a motorcycle crash near the Albertville Premium Outlets is hoping to cover Chuck Emerson’s medical expenses.
The 57-year-old Anoka man was airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital after he collided with a sedan during the Friday, Aug. 7, morning commute on Wright County Highway 19 near 70th Street Northeast.
Chuck’s girlfriend, Sheryl (last name not given), was recently featured on the popular Facebook page, “Humans of Minneapolis.” Sheryl was walking to Hennepin County Medical Center to visit Chuck when she was photographed by a member of the site.
“He’s kind of clinging to life,” she told the photographer. “He opened his eyes today on the 6th day, for that I’m grateful. He’s got a traumatic brain injury, it’s gonna be a long road ahead of him. He’s not gonna be able to work, and the future’s pretty uncertain…Things happen so quickly.”
Chuck worked for Omann Brothers in Albertville, about five blocks south of where he was injured in the crash.
Emerson was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on County 19 when he used the bypass lane to pass a vehicle that was making a turn on to east 70th Street. He was struck by an Infinity G37 driven by Mai Vang, 22, Minneapolis, as it turned on to westbound 70th Street.
Emerson suffered a serious head injury, and was transported via LifeLink air ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. His condition is still critical.
A passenger in the car, 32-year-old Daniel Pella of Minneapolis, also was treated on scene for a head injury, according to a Wright County Sheriff’s report.