On Thursday, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau explained why the officer involved in a deadly crash with a motorcyclist last May will face no discipline and no criminal charges.
Ivan Romero Olivares, 24, was killed in the May 10 crash, which occurred at the intersection of 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue in south Minneapolis.
With the case now closed, Harteau released some details after the crash, acknowledging Officer Joshua Young ran a red light but had activated the lights and sirens on his SUV.
"The squad you see with the lights and sirens on is Officer Josh Young's squad car," Harteau demonstrated with imagery from the scene.
He was only driving 17 mph through the intersection. The chief said others cars in the officer's path stopped, but Olivares ran into the side of the police SUV. Video of the crash released Thursday confirms those statements.
STATE PATROL ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION
The Minnesota State Patrol investigation determined the following:
- The MPD squad car was traveling at a speed under 16 mph just before the crash and was traveling approximately 24 to 26 mph near the point of impact.
- The motorcycle was traveling between 32 to 34 mph at the start of the skid, and only began breaking 1.2 seconds before impact. Based on that, investigators calculated that if he'd been going the speed limit, he may have been able to miss the squad.
- Evidence indicates that the motorcycle did not achieve maximum braking. The rear tire locked and the driver attempted to steer to the right just prior to entering the intersection. Since the rear tire was locked, the motorcycle lost a significant portion of its stability, which caused the motorcycle to tip onto its right side and "slide out".
- Ivan Romero Olivares did not have a motorcycle endorsement or permit. The State Patrol suggests he may have been an inexperienced motorcyclist.
- Minneapolis police investigators also concluded that Olivares did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the crash.
MORE: Read the full reconstruction report
CONNECTION TO TERRANCE FRANKLIN SHOOTING
Young was responding to the shootout on Bryant Avenue between Minneapolis police officers and Terrance Franklin -- the conclusion of a 90-minute chase. Thursday, Harteau said Officer Young's driving was not "over the line" in his response to the shooting.
Franklin was accused of shooting two officers with their own weapon before they returned fire, killing him. The officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in that shooting.
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