The bicyclist -- 26-year-old Marcus Nalls -- was riding his bike home from work at the time of the accident. Coworkers said he was an up-and-coming employee at the Hyatt hotel.
"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 home 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. "With his outgoing personality and love for everything he did, he could have conquered anything."