Mpls Man Charged in Death of Bicyclist

Updated: 02/07/2014 8:00 PM
Created: 02/07/2014 2:37 PM
By: Tom Hauser

Forty-nine-year old John Iverson had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he struck and killed a man who was riding his bike, according to a criminal complaint. 

The incident happened Monday night along Franklin Avenue just before 10 p.m. "In this case Mr. Iverson was clearly intoxicated, drove his van too fast, ran up and killed a bicyclist and dragged him under his car a significant number of feet, " says Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

The criminal complaint says a preliminary breath test on Iverson showed a reading of .27, well over the legal limit of .08.  Iverson is being held on $150,000 bond and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

The victim, 26-year old Marcus Nalls, was a chef at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis who often rode his bike to and from work.

Friends, co-workers and other bicyclists will remember Nalls Saturday with a memorial bike ride. They will be meeting in Loring Park at 3:30 p.m. The group will ride to Franklin and Garfield where there's a small memorial in the spot where he was killed.

John Iverson
Photo: KSTP/File

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