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Organs of bicyclist killed in Minneapolis help save girl

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The organs of a bicyclist hit and killed by a van in Minneapolis earlier this week have helped save a little girl's life, KSTP reports.

Marcus Nalls, 26, was riding his bicycle just before 10 p.m. Monday along Franklin Avenue near Garfield Avenue when he was hit by a van. The Star Tribune says Nalls was riding his bike home from work.

Police said the van driver, John Iverson, 49, first hit a parked car, sending it up into the sidewalk, and then continued driving down Franklin Avenue in the right lane. Nalls reportedly was hit in the right lane and dragged underneath the van as it veered up onto a snowbank. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Iverson was charged with criminal vehicular homicide on Friday, WCCO reports. According to the criminal complaint in the case, Iverson's blood-alcohol content was 0.27, which is more than three times the legal limit. His toxicology results are pending.

He posted $150,000 bail and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday, WCCO says. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

More details about the organ donation were not immediately available, but KSTP confirms Nalls was an organ donor, and WCCO also reports that "his family says he was an organ donor and through his death, he’s saved the lives of others."

Nalls, a professionally trained sous chef, reportedly moved to Minneapolis last month from Atlanta with his fiancee, Amanda. A memorial ride is set for Saturday in Minneapolis to remember Nalls, KSTP says. Event details can be found on Facebook here. A funeral is scheduled to take place in Atlanta next weekend.

Police said Nalls had a helmet, and lights on both the front and back of his bike. Franklin Avenue is the city’s second-worst corridor for bike-car crashes, and its busiest without a bike lane. The incident has prompted calls for change, the Star Tribune reported.

Iverson was initially taken into custody Monday and held without bail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide until Wednesday. He was then released without being charged.

Minneapolis police said alcohol was suspected in the crash and Iverson was showing signs of impairment. The Star Tribune says prosecutors decided to wait for test results that will reveal his blood-alcohol content before pressing charges.

The man's daughter told KSTP he has sleep apnea and fell asleep behind the wheel.

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