It was heartbreaking scene along East Lake Street early Saturday morning as a cyclist's yellow bike lay mangled in the street. Minneapolis woman Elyse Stern, 28, was already dead and the driver of the green Monte Carlo had already taken off.
The driver, Juan Ricardo Hernandez-Campoceco, 27, was processed for DWI and booked into the Hennepin County Jail for criminal vehicular homicide.
"We didn't know if it was a head-on, we have some information but we really need to wait for the reconstructionists to make a determination," Minneapolis Police spokesman Bill Palmer said.
Palmer said an eyewitness was able to give a detailed description of the vehicle to authorities. Within 10 minutes, officers spotted the car at Franklin and Bloomington avenues. The Monte Carlo had heavy damaged as Hernandez-Campocero appeared to be drunk.
News of a cyclist's death hits particularly hard as this is truly of first great weekend of weather we've had, and a great opportunity to get back out on two wheels.
"It's a pretty tight cycling community and I estimate everybody will be talking about that," Minneapolis cyclist Tom Miller said. "I think accidents happen of course, but if there's a drunk driver involved, just kind of asking for trouble."
It appeared she wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, nor did it appear she had lights on her bicycle. Law enforcement is asking for everyone to be safe on the roads and trails.
"Certainly one of the lessons we could take here is prevention is a key tool," Palmer said. "At 2:30 a.m., you should certainly have lighting on your bicycle, it's required by the law. You certainly should take strong consideration into wearing a helmet."
It's unclear at this point where the woman was headed on her bike that time of the morning -- perhaps on her way home.