Family Identifies Hit-And-Run Victim; Suspect In Custody

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police have released the name of the person arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Minneapolis on Saturday. WCCO-TV has also learned the name of the victim of the crash.

Wesley Gubbin, 27, turned himself in on Saturday night. He has been booked in the Hennepin County Jail on probable cause criminal vehicular operation.

The victim of the hit-and-run has been identified by his family as 61-year-old Thomas Malloy of Minneapolis.

The accident happened just before 11 a.m. Saturday when someone hit a bicyclist who was crossing the street at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and West River Parkway.

Malloy died at the Hennepin County Medical Center at approximately 2:30 p.m.

After the accident, police were searching for a brown pick-up truck with a homemade camouflage paint job.

Gubbin turned himself in to police around 8 p.m. Saturday. Investigators haven’t yet said what may have happened that caused the accident.

Malloy was headed to synagogue, according to James, the victim’s brother.

“It was a nice day,” so he was riding his bike, his brother explained. “He rode a lot; it was cheaper than using his car to get around.”

“Tom was a pleasant kind of guy, real smart, well-learned. Everyone you talk to would say he was one of the smarter guys to come out of Kenyon High School,” said James.

Thomas Malloy grew up in Kenyon but he’s lived in the Phelps neighborhood of Minneapolis for 20 years.

  • DJAbraham

    WCCO you are seriously slow on the uptake – Hennepin County Medical Examiner issued a press release on the victim YESTERDAY! Don’t you people read your e-mails? The Coroner will send a press release right to ya iffen ya ask ’em to.

  • Anja

    Note to WCCO: please replace all instances of “accident” with the word “crash” in this article. Calling it an accident sounds dismissive of any fault and as though the fatality wasn’t something that could be avoided.

  • What a joke

    at age 27 he should know better….I don’t buy the whole being afraid part, he was just hoping no one would identify his vehicle and when they gave a pretty good description he figured it would only be a matter of time before being caught, What a loser

    • Friend

      He turned himself in the same day! now tell me thats a loser. I know wesley and hes a great person and friend. I known him for over 10 years, he is a nice and polite young man. I know he feels devestated about what happened.

  • Your Mother

    Time for bed Jake, your meds are wearing off.

  • Anja

    I’m not sure why WCCO keeps showing footage of East River Road- this is not where the crash happened.

    Also, Amy Senser was not mentioned in the article at all, Jake. It shouldn’t be surprising that her name would come up in reference to a fatal hit and run. The reason Wesley Gubbin is in custody is that he’s not a millionaire.

  • hold the camo, just paint

    The dude did not lawyer up, he just walked into jail. Should never leave crash site, if you do and come back, have a plan in place. RIP Mr. Malloy.

    • PatrickR

      Considering that this was voluntary vehicular manslaughter, jail is completely warranted. Read the eyewitness accounts in the comments above.

      • jackactionhero

        He is not charged with Voluntary Vehicular Manslaughter, Patrick, nor will he be…

        Did you even read the article?

        • PatrickR

          Wesley Gubbin has been charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation and is pending a charge of Criminal Vehicular Homicide.

  • josie

    Wesley call Amy.

  • jackactionhero


    Poor Wesley right? How will he ever cope? Forget the family grieving and planning a funeral. What we need to be worried about is a 27 year old kid’s feelings about it all. What a joke.

  • Patrick Russell

    It was not an accident. I was a witness. Suspect was driving recklessly down West River Parkway, passing cars at a high rate of speed. Two cars had paused to let the victim cross in the cross walk on his bike. Suspect sped around these cars, cut back to avoid the median, and absolutely smoked the victim, throwing him up in the air like a rag doll and kept on going. We were tried to help the victim but were afraid to move him because of possible spine damage. 27 years old is not a child. He should have know the difference between right and wrong in this situation no matter how panicked. Instead he continued to drive recklessly down West River Parkway and it’s lucky that he didn’t hit additional victims.

    • JJ

      I was also a witness and I just want to chime and confirm that Patrick Russell’s description of the event is completely accurate. The suspect’s driving was incredibly reckless and his behaviour showed a complete lack of concern or respect for human life. I was biking on the path and I saw that the suspect actually accelerated after the incident.

    • Luke Peterson

      Mr. Russell thank you for reporting the TRUTH. Thank you for trying to help.

      Be Blessed,
      one of the members of Thomas’ synagogue.

      • K. B.

        Yes, thank you Mr. Russell….I was also there. He sped around us on the River Road just prior to passing the other 2 cars. He had to be going about 50 mph. It was completely reckless. Not something I would consider “an accident”.

        • Friend

          It was an accident, nobdy tries to kill a person and spend 10 years in jail, were humans and everybody makes mistakes!

          • Patrick Russell

            From Wikipedia: “Experts in the field of injury prevention avoid use of the term ‘accident’ to describe events that cause injury in an attempt to highlight the predictable and preventable nature of most injuries. Such incidents are viewed from the perspective of epidemiology – predictable and preventable. Preferred words are more descriptive of the event itself, rather than of its unintended nature (e.g., collision, drowning, fall, etc.” I saw the way the suspect was driving; reckless and without regard for others. Thomas Malloy’s death was predictable and preventable based on Wesley Gubbin’s actions.

            • Luke Peterson

              I can not thank all of the witnesses that choose to post on this site for all their help. I also heard that he was doing everything he could to be safe from wearing his helmet to walking his bike through the crosswalk. He is at no fault for the impact that befell him. I think it is an honorable thing that the driver did to turn himself in the same day the collision happened and I personally forgive him. I thank him that he gave the gift of closure to all those grieving for Thomas, instead if continuing to drag it out and have all of us wondering who did it. Turning himself in helps the grieving process, because it is harder to personally forgive some one if you do not know who they are or what they look like, for me at least.

              louquas ya’aquob b’nei-queypha

        • Luke Peterson

          K R thank you for adding to the truth about what happened. Thanks for speeking up as another witness for Thomas Malloy, the actual victim in this crash. I am one of the members of his synagogue and I really appreciate your comment.

          luke peterson

  • Kristi Peterson

    thomas was very loving man he came to are wedding he was alway happy and had stong faith gave us good advice for us….. your =family will be in are prayers and my justice be found.

  • Larry

    we all know why…. the authorites giving her a free-pass b/c of her wealth and famous husband. and her fancy high paid lawyer I might add. its appauling to say the least. all of us regular ‘Joes’ would be in jail right now.

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