Salem grad killed in Minneapolis

Marcus Nalls hit on bicycle by drunk driver

MINNEAPOLIS — A former Conyers resident who recently moved from Atlanta to Minneapolis was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver last week while riding his bicycle home from work.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that 26-year-old Marcus Nalls, a 2005 graduate of Salem High School, was riding home around 9:50 p.m. on Feb. 3 from his job at as a sous chef at a downtown hotel when he was struck by a van driven by a 49-year-old man who was reported to have a blood alcohol level of .27, more than three times the legal limit. The man, John Iverson, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide.

Nalls, who reportedly moved to Minneapolis in January, was an experienced bicyclist and was wearing a helmet, an illuminated front lamp and a rear lamp at the time of the collision.

“This was a bicyclist who was doing what he was supposed to be doing,” police spokesman John Elder told the Star-Tribune.

A memorial ride had been organized to be held Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.