Suspect in crash that killed Minneapolis bicyclist released from jail

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The driver of a van that struck and killed a bicyclist in Minneapolis on Monday night was released from jail Wednesday afternoon.

The 49-year-old suspect was being held without bail on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.

The county attorney's office had 36 hours, or until noon Wednesday, to file criminal charges against the driver to keep him in custody, but no charges were filed, KSTP reports.

The accident happened just before 10 p.m. Monday along Franklin Avenue near Garfield Avenue. The Star Tribune reports 26-year-old Marcus Nalls was riding his bike home from work when he was struck by the van. Investigators say the van then went off the road onto the sidewalk, pinning Nalls underneath.

Nalls was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Star Tribune, Nalls was an experienced bicyclist and had taken proper safety precautions on the road by wearing a helmet and using bicycle lights.

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

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