Memorial Ride Honors Bicyclist Hit and Killed in Minneapolis

Updated: 02/07/2014 10:42 AM
Created: 02/07/2014 7:10 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A memorial ride is being organized for a man killed while riding his bike earlier this week.

The bike ride for 26-year-old Marcus Nalls begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Berger Fountain in Loring Park.

According to police, a van driven by 49-year-old John Iverson hit a parked car, sending it up into the sidewalk, and then continued down Franklin Avenue in the right lane. Nalls was hit in the right lane, and the van veered up onto a snowbank, dragging Nalls underneath.

The fire department had to use an extrication device to lift the van off Nalls, who was pronounced dead a short time later at the scene.

Nalls was training at the Hyatt in Minneapolis to become a chef. He and his fiancée Amanda just moved here last month from Atlanta. Hotel general manager Mark Becker says Nalls left a large impression in his little time here.

"A great guy. Full of energy full of life. He had huge dreams," Becker said.

Nalls’ co-workers at the hotel showed KSTP the loading dock and the bike rack workers use. They say it's hard not to see it and think about the one bike that will never be there again.    

“It's sad to know that something that he loved so much is what took him from this earth,” Becker said.

Nalls was an organ donor. KSTP is told his organs have already helped saved a little girl's life.

A memorial service for Nall will be held next weekend in Atlanta.

26-year-old Marcus Nalls was killed in the crash Monday night.

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