Police officer involved in fatal crash identified

Police have taken a statement from Officer Joshua Young; officers in related shooting to be interviewed next week

Minneapolis Police have completed interviews of the individuals involved in a fatal May 10 traffic crash, including the police officer whose squad car collided with a motorcycle.

That crash at the intersection of 26th & Blaisdell killed the motorcycle driver, Ivan Romero Olivares, 24, and injured his passenger. The driver of the squad car was identified Friday afternoon as Officer Joshua Young.

On Wednesday, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said the squad car was responding to a call for more officers at the scene of an officer-involved shooting on the 2700 block of Bryant Avenue South when, with its lights and siren activated, it entered an intersection against a red light at a speed of about 16–17 mph. Olivares’ motorcycle struck the police vehicle on the rear passenger side.

His passenger, identified in media reports as his girlfriend, Joselin Torrejon-Villamil, was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and later released.

The State Patrol is handling a reconstruction of the accident, Harteau said Wednesday. Asked at that time why the squad car’s driver hadn’t been interviewed yet five days after the accident, Harteau responded: “As you can imagine, he has been through quite an ordeal and is visibly shaken.”

Young joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2006. In 2012, he was awarded both a Medal of Commendation and a Life Saving Award for his actions in two separate incidents.

Police also announced Friday that the two officers involved in the shooting at 2717 Bryant Ave. S., Michael Meath and Ricardo Muro, are expected to give statements next week.

The officers were pursuing Terrance Franklin, 22, who was suspected in a burglary and had fled police. While it’s unclear exactly what happened in the basement confrontation, gunfire injured both officers and left Franklin dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Police reported that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is reviewing DNA evidence gathered at the scene, a process that usually takes four to eight weeks. Police have asked to have the evaluation expedited.

The Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab is analyzing ballistics evidence from the scene, a process police said could take four to six weeks to complete.