Bike rider fatally injured in downtown Minneapolis collision

Police say biker "likely" ran a red light before crash

July 17, 2018 - 6:56 am

A bicyclist that police say apparently went through a red light Monday night near downtown Minneapolis suffered fatal injuries when he ran into a moving motorcyle, landed in the street, and then was hit by a moving car.  

The collision happened at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue South and Franklin Avenue at 11:30 Monday night.

"I'm unaware of this being an area that we see higher numbers of crashes," said the MPD's John Elder. "It's well-lit, and the stoplights are visible from all directions, well in advance."

Police say the bicyclist was traveling west on Franklin, striking first the motorcycle that was traveling north on Hennepin.

"The bicycle likely entered the intersection against a red light," said Elder.

The man riding the bicycle was thrown onto the street and struck by a car that was also traveling north on Hennepin.

The bicyclist died at HCMC.  There were no other serious injuries.  

Alcohol and high speed reportedly were not factors in the collision.  

"Anything with wheels needs to follow the rules of the road," he said.

Names and the exact cause are not yet released.

The Minneapolis police traffic division is reconstructing the crash.