Former Senate GOP communications chief Michael Brodkorb continues to recover after a one-car crash Wednesday night in Mendota Heights, his family says.
“Michael’s condition has improved,” Brodkorb’s wife, Sarah, said in a statement. “We thank everyone for their concern, warm thoughts and prayers. As we focus on Michael’s health, we ask that the media and the public continue to respect our wishes for privacy.”
The family is not releasing any more information about his condition, according to a Regions Hospital spokeswoman.
Brodkorb was heading north on Interstate 35E at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when he hit a concrete wall at Hwy. 13, spun and crossed all three lanes. His 2004 Subaru Forester came to rest against the concrete median.
Authorities detected alcohol on his breath and Brodkorb, 39, was not wearing a seatbelt.
Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said Thursday that Brodkorb's "injuries were severe but non-life threatening."
Brodkorb was fired more than a year ago after it was revealed he had an affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
Koch resigned and Brodkorb filed a lawsuit against the Senate, alleging wrongful termination.
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