Man killed in hit-and-run near Franklin & Garfield

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A driver struck and killed a man in a suspected hit-and-run crash on West Franklin Avenue in the predawn hours of Aug. 24. 

Idris Ali Yussuf, of Brooklyn Park, died from blunt trauma injuries sustained in the crash on Aug. 25, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was 31.

Minneapolis police say Yussuf was walking to his parked vehicle on the south side of the 600 block of Franklin Avenue at about 2:20 a.m. when a driver struck him and he was pinned against his own car.  The driver who struck him then fled the scene. 

Minneapolis police officers and firefighters attempted immediate lifesaving measures on Yussuf before he was transported to Hennepin Healthcare, where he died the next day. 

Homicide detectives are investigating the incident.

Franklin Avenue is well documented as a dangerous street for pedestrians. Minneapolis’ Vision Zero crash study has identified Franklin as among the city streets where there is a marked trend of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers sustaining severe or fatal injuries. From 2007–16, the intersection of Franklin & Nicollet had the second most bicycle-vehicle crashes and the third most pedestrian-vehicle crashes in Minneapolis. Franklin & Lyndale had the 11th most vehicle crashes in the city, according to the study.

Hennepin County controls Franklin west of Lyndale Avenue, and is in the early stages of a project to reconstruct the street between Lyndale and Bloomington avenues. At a March open house, county public works presented plans to convert the road from four lanes to three, a move traffic engineers say improves safety for those moving along the corridor in many modes. A construction schedule has not been released for the project.

The city of Minneapolis also plans to reconstruct its portion of West Franklin Avenue, between Hennepin and Lyndale, in 2022. Both the city and county projects plan to add bike infrastructure and increase boulevard space to the road.

This story was updated at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26 to include the victim’s identity.