Bicyclist killed by drunk driver in south Mpls, MPD says [UPDATE]
The van involved in the fatal wreck can be seen in the foreground of this picture.
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-- Update at bottom --
A bicyclist died after being stuck by a van near the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Harriet Avenue in south Minneapolis just before 10 p.m. last night.
According to police, the as-of-yet-unidentified biker was headed west on Franklin a few blocks east of Lyndale Avenue when a westbound van hit him. The victim ended up pinned underneath the vehicle as it careened over a snowbank onto the sidewalk.
The biker was pronounced dead at the scene.
The van's driver, 49-year-old John Iverson, was arrested. Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us "alcohol appears to possibly be a factor."
Here's Iverson's mugshot:
And here are a couple photos of the scene posted to Facebook, including one that appears to show the victim's bike:
Two hours later, that stretch of Franklin Avenue remained closed:
-- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 4, 2014
We'll update this post with the victim's identity as soon as possible.
:::: UPDATE ::::
The MPD now says the victim was hit while biking down the street. (They originally said he was on the sidewalk.)
"His tail lamp and head lamps were illuminated," MPD spokesman Elder told us. "He was doing all the right things and for naught."
Elder said that through a recreation of the crash, investigators have determined the van allegedly driven by Iverson first veered and hit a parked car. Iverson then hit the biker before heading over the snowbank, into some commercial dumpsters, and down the sidewalk for a short stretch.
The victim was pinned underneath the van that whole time, Elder said. His identity still hasn't been released.
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