Driver in deadly Minneapolis bike accident released from jail - KMSP-TV

Driver in deadly Franklin Ave. bike accident released from jail

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The driver involved in a crash that killed a bicyclist late Monday night on Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis has been released from jail with no charges filed.

John Iverson, 49, was being held without bail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide. Toxicology results are pending and charges could still be filed at a later date.

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

According to police, Iverson was driving west on Franklin Avenue at Harriet Avenue when he allegedly hit a parked car, then struck and pinned the bicyclist underneath his van. Firefighters attempted to lift the van off the victim with extrication devices but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The Star Tribune identified the bicyclist as 26-year-old Marcus Nalls. He was riding his bike home from work at the time of the accident, and coworkers say he was an up-and-coming employee at the Hyatt.

"One thing he had was passion, and you can't teach passion," head chef Aaron Hagerdorn at the Hyatt Regency. "He had the drive and motivation to become great."

Nalls had moved to Minneapolis from Atlanta with his fiancee just a month ago and enrolled in the management chef program. Part of the reason he selected the Twin Cities to become his new phone was his love of bicycling.

"He actually picked Minneapolis not only for the hotel and opportunity, but he was an avid biker and picked Minneapolis for its biking community," Hagerdorn explained.

In fact, Hagerdorn said Nalls often spoke about bike safety.

"First and foremost -- how to be safe in the winter time. He got snow tires, the proper attire, and made sure he was doing everything he needed to be doing," Hagerdorn said.

That dedication to safety is why many who knew Nalls want to know why Iverson was released from jail even though police believe he was driving under the influence of alcohol when he struck Nalls and dragged him over the snowbank where a small memorial now sits.

"With his outgoing personality and love for everything he did, he could have conquered anything," Hagerdorn lamented.

Just hours after Iverson was released from jail, his daughter spoke with Fox 9 News and said the family is sorry for what they describe as an unfortunate accident that never should have happened.

Minneapolis police confirm they are still waiting for blood-alcohol results before presenting their case to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office because if prosecutors chargedIverson with a lesser crime before the results are in, he could plead guilty and therefore could not be charged with an elevated crime due to double jeopardy rules.

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