State Patrol finishes review of fatal Mpls. police SUV-motorcycle crash

  • Updated: September 9, 2013 - 9:09 PM

The State Patrol has completed its review of the fatal May 10 collision between a motorcycle and Minneapolis police vehicle, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

The accident reconstruction report was forwarded to the Hennepin County attorney’s office, which is determining whether criminal charges are warranted.

The collision at 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue S. killed motorcyclist Ivan Romero, 24, and injured his passenger and girlfriend, Joselin Torrejon-Villamil.

The police sport-utility vehicle driven by officer Joshua Young was responding to a deadly officer-involved shooting in Uptown when it passed through a red light and into the intersection. Romero’s motorcycle struck the rear quarter panel of the SUV, according to police.

Initial reports from the Police Department said the SUV had its siren and flashing lights activated and was traveling well below the posted speed limit at the time of the collision. Witnesses to the collision estimated the vehicle was traveling at 40 miles per hour.

Police Chief Janeé Harteau said at a news conference five days after the collision that the police vehicle was traveling 16 to 17 mph, citing an onboard video system that displays the vehicle’s speed while recording video from a forward-facing camera.

Matt McKinney

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