Bicyclist dead after being struck, pinned by van in Minneapolis - KMSP-TV

Bicyclist dead after being struck, pinned by van in Minneapolis

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This photo, submitted to photos@fox9.com, shows the van on the sidewalk moments after the crash on Franklin Ave. This photo, submitted to photos@fox9.com, shows the van on the sidewalk moments after the crash on Franklin Ave.
John Iverson John Iverson
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Minneapolis police have arrested a driver after his van struck and killed bicyclist Monday night.

Police said the accident happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night near Franklin Avenue and Garfield Avenue in the Whittier neighborhood.

The driver, 49-year-old John Iverson, was traveling west on Franklin Avenue at Harriet Avenue when he allegedly hit a parked car then struck and pinned the bicyclist underneath his van. The bicyclist was on the street, police said, but there is no bike lane in the area, which has tallied a large number of car-bike crashes.


PHOTO: Moments after the accident (submitted by Zach Nyhus to photos@fox9.com)

The Minneapolis Fire Department attempted to lift the van off the victim with extrication devices but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, which happened about 3 blocks away from Iverson's apartment on Pillsbury Ave.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office will release the identity of the victim and official cause of death.


PHOTO: Tire tracks in the snow show where the driver allegedly hit a parked car then the bicyclist. (Twitter / Stephanie Gailhard)

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