John Iverson, alleged drunk driver, charged with vehicular homicide in bicyclist's death

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Olivia LaVecchia. Bike photo by Hryck.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announcing the charges on Friday afternoon. Right, a ghost bike in Pittsburgh.
This afternoon, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that John Iverson has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Marcus Nalls, a 26-year-old who was hit and killed while biking on Monday night.

"He was clearly intoxicated, and he ran up and killed a bicyclist," Freeman said. "It's unnecessary and tragic."

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When Minneapolis police arrived at the Franklin Avenue crash scene around 10 p.m. on Monday, they found Iverson behind the wheel of a 1994 van, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Hennepin County Attorney's office. Nalls was pinned beneath the van's rear tire.

Iverson, 49, told officers he had "too much" to drink, according to the complaint. While results of a toxicology report are still pending, Iverson's digital breath test registered a blood alcohol level of .27, or three times the legal limit of .08.

"That's a lot of alcohol," Freeman said.

Iverson was arrested at the scene but released from jail Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, Freeman's office issued the charges and a warrant for Iverson's arrest. This morning, Freeman said, Iverson turned himself in.

The charge carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.

Local bikers have organized a memorial ride for Nalls tomorrow afternoon. The ride, which has 170 people signed up on Facebook, will start off at Loring Park's Berget Fountain at 3:30, and end at Glam Doll Donuts at 5 p.m.

"Please concentrate on the positive," one of the organizers notes on the event page. "Please refrain from negative discussion of drunk driving and anti-car."

Mid-ride, bikers will pause for a moment of silence at Franklin and Garfield Avenues.

-- Tips or comments? Reach Olivia LaVecchia by email or on Twitter at @olavecchia

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