A bicyclist, identified by police as Alexander David Wolf, age 30, of Minneapolis, was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 while crossing the intersection of N. 12th Street and Linden Avenue W. According to news reports shortly following the incident, the cyclist was struck by a semi-truck making a right turn at the intersection.
North 12th street is a major bicycle route into and out of downtown Minneapolis. Because of recent closures of bike paths on the Cedar Lake Trail, there has been significantly increased bike traffic along this route.
Wolf was a bicycling enthusiast who was a “cycling expert in training” at One on One Bicycle Studio in South Minneapolis. One of the shop’s operating partners, Gene Oberpiller, described Wolf as a regular helmet wearer who was “cautious and very attentive” as a cyclist. Wolf’s death spurred bicycle advocates to take action and call for the city to install more barriers to keep vehicles out of bike lanes.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman are avid cyclist themselves and know the kinds of hazards bike riders face every day. Eric, a renowned and nationally recognized semi-truck accident attorney, and Fred have represented families in bicycle wrongful death cases who had loved ones in very similar accidents where bike riders have been struck by semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles.