Chief Harteau says MPD wasn't responsible for motorcycle accident that killed Ivan Romero
Ivan Romero (right) and his girlfriend.
As officers converged on the south Minneapolis basement where robbery suspect Terrence Frankin was cornered on the afternoon May 10, a police SUV struck 24-year-old motorcyclist Ivan Romero at the intersection West 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue, killing him and injuring his girlfriend.
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Witness accounts of the accident differed. The MPD said the officer driving the SUV was traveling slowly with lights and sirens on in the moments leading up to the wreck, but others said it was going 50 mph. One witness even said the SUV didn't have its siren on.
During a news conference this morning, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau announced the results of a lengthy investigation into the fatal crash. She said investigators concluded the officers involved did nothing wrong, and no criminal charges will be filed.
Here's details from an assortment of local reporters who covered the newser:
Police: Video shows motorcycle on the ground, sliding into MPD squad in fatal crash in May; driver didn't have m/c endorsement, no MN lic.-- Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) November 14, 2013
MPD Chief Janee Harteau: no felony, misdemeanor criminal charges, no internal discipline for officer in fatal May crash.-- Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) November 14, 2013
Just showed video of collision from trailing cop. Motorcycle hit hard, skidding on side. Looks like lost control, locked up wheels.-- Joseph Lindberg (@JosephLindberg) November 14, 2013
Motorcycle was going 32-34 mph, cop SUV less than 20 mph. Motorcyclist had no license, no bike endorsement.-- Joseph Lindberg (@JosephLindberg) November 14, 2013
Minnesota State Patrol saying bike inexperience played role, also, officer didn't clear intersection. But, report says no real way to avoid-- Joseph Lindberg (@JosephLindberg) November 14, 2013
@panndder the video is intriguing, the bike was completely out of control -- there are a lot of what ifs— Joseph Lindberg (@JosephLindberg) November 14, 2013
Today's announcement mirrors the results of the official investigation into Franklin's killing -- no officers faced discipline or charges in connection with incident either .
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