Blaine Police Officer and Wife Killed in Off Duty Motorcycle Crash

June 16, 2018 10:24 PM

A Blaine Police Officer and his wife were killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident that involved another vehicle in Elk River Friday night.

According to a press release, at approximately 6:08 p.m. the Elk River Police Department and Elk River Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident near the 21100 block of Twin Lakes Road. 


The preliminary investigation indicated that a motorcycle and pickup truck collided head-on. The motorcycle was occupied by Blaine Police Officer Steve Nanney, 51, and his wife Marilyn (Susie), 51. They were declared deceased on scene. The pickup truck was occupied by a 17-year-old Elk River resident, who sustained minor injuries. 

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

The Blaine Police Department posted on their Facebook page Saturday morning, announcing the news.

Family, friends and community members are grieving the deaths of the husband and wife from Ham Lake.

"It's devastation, it's devastation," said Kathy Karkula, with Special Olympics Minnesota. 

"They're just wonderful, wonderful people," said Lt. Todd Olson, with the Blaine Police Department. 

Steve Nanney has been with the Blaine Police Department for the last 10 years and worked as the School Resource Officer for the last three years at Blaine High School. 


Lt. Todd Olson is trying to remember the good times he had with his friend and brother in blue.

"Everybody loved him, he was just a guy you could not love," Olson said. "You never know when your time is up and when you get into this line of work you expect that there's always that possibility that something will happen to you."

When he wasn't on the clock, Steve Nanney dedicated much of his free time to volunteering. That service includes the Shop With a Cop event that helps children in need or playing an integral role in keeping the truck convoy going for Special Olympics. 

"What a guy, the athletes loved him, the truckers loved him, we couldn't do the event knowing the name Steve Nanney," Karkula said. 

The Special Olympics plan to honor Steve for his volunteer work including wearing a ribbon at the truck convoy. Support staff will be on hand at the police department for anyone who needs it.

Susie worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. According to her biography on the University's website, she was "active in community efforts to promote healthy lifestyles by serving boards for hunger relief and school wellness."

The University of Minnesota released a statement saying Susie was a cherished faculty member in the Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Her energy and caring nature seemed to know no bounds. An accomplished researcher, she dedicated her career to improving the health and nutrition of underserved populations, particularly children. We will miss her dearly.

There's no word yet on funeral arrangements.

Blaine City Council member Jason King posted a statement from Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany on his Facebook page Saturday morning. 

On Saturday afternoon, Nanney's squad car was parked in front of his driveway as a tribute.


Tommy Wiita

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