Bicyclist dies following crash at Franklin & Hennepin

A view of the intersection at Franklin & Hennepin where a cyclist crashed July 16.
A view of the intersection at Franklin & Hennepin where a cyclist crashed July 16.

A 32-year-old bicyclist died after colliding with a motorcyclist at Franklin & Hennepin avenues July 16, according to police.

Police said preliminary information indicates the male bicyclist was traveling westbound on Franklin and entered the intersection against a red light shortly after 11:30 p.m. He collided with a motorcyclist traveling northbound on Hennepin, and he was thrown from the bicycle and landed in the roadway. A car traveling north on Hennepin then struck the bicyclist, police said.

The man was taken by ambulance to Hennepin Healthcare, where he died of his injuries on the early morning of July 17.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Dana Leonard Michael Schwan, with no permanent address.

Both the motorcyclist and vehicle driver stopped at the scene and are cooperating with investigators. Police said neither of those drivers appeared to be impaired or speeding. The motorcyclist was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s Traffic Unit is investigating.

An obituary published in the Star Tribune said Schwan earned the nickname “Worldly Dane” at a young age, and he was generous to a fault — “If he was wearing a shirt and you needed one, he would give it to you in a moment.”

“He hunted arrowheads in Texas; went scuba diving in St. Croix, USVI; and skydiving. We lost him so many times in the mountains of Hawaii, we coined the phrase ‘Where’s Dana?’”states the obituary. “Dana’s resourcefulness kept him alive for his short 32 years. His vibrance will be missed because our ‘Freak Show Family’will never be the same without him. Again, but not for the last time, we ask ‘Where’s Dana?’”

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