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Charges filed Friday in death of Minneapolis bicyclist


A Minneapolis man is facing criminal vehicular homicide charges in connection with the death of a bicyclist on Monday night.

John Iverson, 49, was charged on Friday in Hennepin County following the crash that killed 26-year-old Marcus Nalls.

According to WCCO, Iverson had a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 – more than three times the legal limit. Officers say Iverson admitted he had "too much" to drink and smelled of alcohol. They said he had difficulty walking and keeping his balance.

The incident occurred along Franklin Avenue near Lyndale Avenue North around 10 p.m. Monday.

KARE 11 reports witnesses told police Nalls was riding close to the westbound shoulder of the road when a Ford Econoline van traveling in the same direction suddenly swerved, knocked him from the bike and then ran him over.

KARE reports the witnesses said the van also struck a parked car, ran off the road and onto a sidewalk with Nalls trapped underneath. He was declared dead at the scene.

Results of a blood test performed at the Hennepin County Medical Center are still pending, according to KARE.

Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman called the incident, "Unnecessary. Tragic. Another case of alcohol and driving. And we see too many of these. And hopefully, they're going to be reduced in the near future," Freeman said.

Iverson posted $150,000 bail and was released. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

Nalls was riding his bike home from work on Monday night when the accident happened just before 10 p.m. His organs have been used to help save a little girls life.

WCCO reports Nalls recently moved to Minnesota from Atlanta, and was described as an experienced bicyclist.

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