Charges filed in Minneapolis cyclist death - KMSP-TV

Charges filed in Minneapolis cyclist death

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Charges have been filed against the man accused of hitting and killing a bicyclist on Saturday in Minneapolis.

Juan Ricardo Hernandez-Campoceco, 27, has been charged with felony hit-and-run and fourth-degree driving while impaired, a misdemeanor. He was arrested after a witness provided a description of his vehicle.

Elyse Stern, 28, of Minneapolis, was already dead when police arrived at the intersection of Lake Street East and Cedar Avenue South. She had not been wearing a helmet, and the charging documents allege she crossed in front of Hernandez-Campoceco's car.

A witness told investigators that he was driving eastbound behind Stern on Lake Street when the light turned green. As he turned south on Cedar Avenue, Stern turned left to head north on Cedar Avenue. The witness then heard a loud noise and turned to see Stern laying in the intersection.

As squads were responding to the 911 call made by the witness, they encountered a green Chevrolet Monte Carlo matching the description of the car involved heading north on Bloomington Avenue. 

Police say the vehicle had heavy front-end damage, including damage to the front bumper, a shattered windshield and a hole in the windshield about the size of a baseball.

Officers stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and noticed that the driver, identified as Hernandez-Campoceco, appeared intoxicated.

When officers asked how his car was damaged, Hernandez-Campoceco said, "I hit a person, I'm not going to lie to you. I hit a person."

Hernandez-Campoceco was then arrested and he voluntarily agreed to a blood test.

Police interviewed the two occupants of his vehicle and found the group had left El Nuevo Rodeo at 2 a.m. and were traveling through a green light when the collision occurred. One passenger told police Hernandez-Campoceco stopped briefly but left the scene after saying he hit someone on a bicycle but that it wasn't his fault because the light had been green.

In a later interview with police on March 30, Hernandez-Campoceco said he had six beers the night of the crash but did not feel too drunk to drive; however, he spent several hours unconscious after he was taken into custody.

During his interview, Hernandez-Campoceco also told police he thought the crash happened at the intersection of Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue South, telling police the victim had crossed in front of him.

Hernandez-Campoceco estimated he was driving 30 miles per hour at the time, and said he did not stop at the crash site because his friends told him to keep going.

He remains in custody in Hennpein County, and will likely be turned over to immigration officials once released.

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