(UPDATED) Boy on Bike Dies in Shady Oak Road Crash

The crash took place Wednesday night near the intersection of Shady Oak Road and Excelsior Boulevard.

(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story cited an incorrect age for the victim based on a Minnetonka Police Department news release. The city now says he was 18.)


(UPDATED 2:01 p.m. April 26) A 18-year-old boy on a bicycle died after a car hit him Wednesday night on Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka Police said.

The twisted bicycle rested next to a white sedan just after the crash while residents prayed in small groups in the parking lot.

The crash happened at about 8:45 p.m. on the 4600 block of Shady Oak Road, near the intersection with Excelsior Boulevard, as the boy exited a parking lot into the southbound lanes of traffic. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol doesn't appear to be a factor, according to police. The driver of the car stayed on the scene and cooperated with authorities.

KSTP reports the 18-year-old was a St. Louis Park High School senior who was leaving a function at Cross of Glory.

Further details were not immediately available. Minnetonka Police, State Patrol and the Hennepin County Crime Lab are working together on the investigation. Check back later for further updates.

Kate Rivard April 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Any suggestions on how to get teens and drivers to see each other more readily? This could happen to anyone who is driving a bike or car. Thank you for posting this. It's clear that we are not all in the same mindset as others - even if we think the rest of the world should be where we "are". God Bless the families involved. KTR
laura Nees April 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Bicycles & Motorcycles share the roads with vehicles-- we all need to drive as tho it is OUR CHILDREN in each vehicle we pass daily! We would see less road rage, more compassion and fewer accidents if we realized that every person we pass IS someone elses child,,,, and could be ours. How do we make Protective Helmets, lights, reflective gear "Cool" enough so that teens will take the time ( and be brave enough in the face of others) to wear them?


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