On May 16th, 2018 at 2239 hrs, Deputies from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division were dispatched to Highway 65 at 157th Ave NE in the City of Ham Lake to a vehicle vs Bicycle personal injury accident. Upon arrival, the bicyclist was deceased.
Witnesses state the bicyclist was northbound on Highway 65, riding in the right traffic lane near the dividing line between the left and right lanes of Northbound traffic. A driver heading north came upon the bicyclist in his traffic lane and attempted to swerve to avoid striking the bicyclist, but was unable to do so and struck the bicyclist. A second vehicle, directly behind the first, saw the first vehicle swerve to the right and brake. The second vehicle continued northbound in her lane of traffic and also struck the bicyclist. The posted lawful speed limit is 65 MPH at the accident scene.
Both drivers immediately stopped and called 911. Both drivers are fully cooperative with the investigation. The bicyclist was riding in the traffic lane, wearing dark clothing and had no lights or reflectors on the bicycle, according to both drivers.
The decedent bicyclist is a 49-year-old female from Ham Lake.
Driver #1 is a 64-year-old male from Grasston, MN.
Driver # 2 is a 20-year-old female from Ham Lake.
The identity of the decedent will not be released at this time pending notification of family / next of kin. The accident remains under the investigation of the Minnesota State Patrol, The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.