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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12 comments
Mike Jones
Mike Jones

Of course, he had already lost his driving privileges. Hopefully, he doesn't murder anybody else by tomorrow.

urbanite
urbanite

the picture of the ghost bike isn't even this city...

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I don't usually ride in the winter but I'll get the bike out for this one.

Ryan Strandjord
Ryan Strandjord

Four year for killing someone. Our legal system is fucked up. Anyone who still thinks we're the greatest country is totally ignorant.

Rich Taco Rosalez
Rich Taco Rosalez

Prayers and Thoughts to the bicyclists family/ and life for life

Robert Martin
Robert Martin

If it means anything, based on how he looks today, four years may be a life sentence for Mr. Iverson.

thisisangelo
thisisangelo

why don't you post a picture of the ghost bike that was erected for Marcus at the scene of the crime instead of one in Pittsburgh? 

Nita Vs Nene
Nita Vs Nene

Damn only up to 4 years in prison. WOW!!!

urbanite
urbanite

@thisisangelo  because stock photography is cheaper, and the standards for journalistic integrity have been slipping for quite some time now apparently.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

And he'll only do about 2-1/2 of it behind bars if he behaves. Pretty sad. 

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