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MINNEAPOLIS - Police in Minneapolis say a bicyclist was killed Monday night, after being stuck by a van, and pinned underneath it.

It happened at Franklin Avenue and Garfield Avenue shortly before 10:00 p.m. Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder says a motorist following the van saw the driver strike the bicyclist and called 911.

Investigators say the driver of the van struck a parked car and careened up onto the sidewalk. He then hit the bicyclist, and pinned him under the van.

First responders from the Minneapolis Fire Department had to use an extrication device and airbags to lift the van off the victim, who was pronounced dead a short time later at the scene.

The 49-year-old driver of the van was taken into custody. Preliminary information indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

"We are one of the most bicycled-in cities in the nation," Elder remarked, "and we need to always be watching for bicycles and motorcycles. We need to reduce our speeds and absolutely not engage in drinking and driving."

The identity of the bicyclist has not been released yet. Elder said he was wearing a helmet, and had illuminated lights on both the front and rear of the bike.

"It's senseless," Elder sighed, "and it's a tragedy."

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