Mpls. police to release investigation into fatal motorcycle crash related to Franklin case

  • Updated: November 14, 2013 - 6:04 AM

Minneapolis police officers surveyed the scene where a police vehicle and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Blaisdell and 26th in Minneapolis, Min., Friday, May 10, 2013.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said Wednes­day she’ll re­lease the re­sults of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a fatal mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a po­lice ve­hi­cle en route to the house where po­lice of­fic­ers shot and killed Terrance Franklin on May 10.

Harteau will hold the news con­fer­ence at 10 a.m. Thurs­day at City Hall.

Franklin’s dead­ly fight with of­fic­ers fol­lowed a dra­mat­ic 90-min­ute chase through a crowd­ed resi­den­tial neigh­bor­hood dur­ing which he elud­ed of­fic­ers who swarmed the ar­e­a.

A few blocks away, mo­tor­cy­clist Ivan Ro­mero O­li­var­es, 24, died in a crash with a po­lice ve­hi­cle that had gone through a red light at 26th Street and Blais­dell Avenue S. as it head­ed to the scene. Ro­mero’s girl­friend, who was rid­ing on the back, was in­jured.

Ro­mero’s mo­tor­cy­cle hit the rear quar­ter pan­el of the po­lice sport-u­til­i­ty ve­hi­cle driv­en by of­fi­cer Josh­u­a Young, ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment. It’s un­clear how fast the SUV was trav­el­ing sec­onds be­fore the col­li­sion, how fast Ro­mero was trav­el­ing, and wheth­er any oth­er vehi­cles blocked the driv­ers’ views.

The po­lice ve­hi­cle had its lights and si­ren ac­ti­vat­ed at the time of the col­li­sion, which oc­cur­red about 30 min­utes af­ter Franklin was shot.

Harteau asked the State Patrol to in­ves­ti­gate the col­li­sion; the a­gen­cy com­pleted its ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion re­port in Sep­tem­ber.

Matt McKinney

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