MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist over the weekend.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County Monday, 27-year-old Wesley Gubbin passed three other vehicles along West River Parkway near Franklin Avenue before striking a bicyclist at about 11 a.m.

The bicyclist, who family members identified as 61-year-old Thomas Malloy of Minneapolis, went flying into the air from the impact, according to witnesses.

Malloy was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Malloy was headed to the Kehilat Sar Shalom synagogue, according to the victim’s brother.

“That church was a family to him. He was there … actively 4 or 5 times a week,” said Malloy’s nephew, Michael Buller.

Steve Endrizzi, of Kehilat Sar Shalom, said Malloy was popular among the congregation, and that his absence was noticeable Saturday night.

“We knew he wasn’t there,” Endrizzi said.

The criminal complaint says Gubbin’s vehicle continued at a great rate of speed, fleeing the scene.

Witnesses gave police the information that led them to Gubbin, who admitted to officers that he didn’t stop after the crash because he didn’t know what to do, so he kept on driving.

Gubbin’s girlfriend also told police that he had fled the scene.

He has been charged with first-degree criminal vehicular homicide, which carries with it a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, if Gubbin is convicted.

“I’m glad that he did turn himself in,” Buller said. “I hope the best for him. This is something that I would not want to have on my conscious.”

Gubbin is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Tuesday.

Comments (20)
  1. John says:

    Good thing his last name wasn’t Sensor.

    1. it'sme says:

      I think you mean too bad his last name isn’t Sensor. Otherwise, he’d be sitting at home and not in jail. Way to go Hennepin Cty Prosecutors. Thanks for showing us what really matters$$$$

      1. it'sme says:

        Man to Prosecutor: Mr. Prosecutor, I’m cooperating, I didn’t burn my car or drive it into a lake, and I didn’t realize I had hit someone. I claim innocence due to ignorance.

        Prosecutor: Is your last name Sensor? Because if it is, you know, we can take our time, we want things to be alright for you, um, I mean the victim

        1. Kb says:

          Um, but I dumped my car in North Mpls…..and ran away.stfu

  2. pathetic says:

    I didn’t know what to do?

    Are you kidding me? Didn’t you learn this in drivers ed?

    1. LH says:

      No one needs drivers ed to know the right thing to do – stop, call 911, see if he is ALIVE! Jeez. I cannot imagine the atrocity in this drivers thinking!

  3. me says:

    …You can run but you cannot hide….

    1. Amy Did says:

      … she’s hiding behind her family money and lawyer. sick, Just sick

  4. No More Free Money!!!!!!!!! says:

    Wow he wure got chardged pretty quick. How long went be that sensor woman got charged? See a trend I do. Bad thing he did and sad someone died but it goes to show you that the justice system isnt the same for everyone.

    1. Sorry for spelling errors says:

      Sorry for all the spelling errors, just had neck surgey and can’t seem to spell to good.

  5. Jay says:

    Geeze, I bet he’d still be a free man out driving around, running people over if his last name was Senser. Speaking of, have they finally decided to charge Amy Senser or were they going to wait tuntil it was convenient for her?

  6. Billy says:

    …..And he turnes himself in, HAHA

  7. KB says:

    The difference may be is that there were plenty of witnesses to this accident. I’m not sure if there were any witnesses in the Sensor case.

  8. dproz says:

    I believe I saw this guy earlier racing north on West River road. A camouflaged truck driving very fast and erratically. It had to be him. What a jerk.

    1. KB says:

      You should report that to the police, it speaks to the fact that he was being reckless, this was not an “accident”.

  9. Guy says:

    According to Ch 5; he has NINE other vehicle convictions on his record. If the courts had done their job earlier & put this menace away; the victim might still be alive.

  10. LH says:

    I hope he is sentenced the maximum. The 4-5 nights a week at the Temple sure didn’t do any good for this guy.

    1. LH says:

      ooops, I thought it was the DRIVER who went to Synagogue 4-5 times a week. Sorry for above comment.

  11. it'sme says:

    It’s too bad too many people think they are better drivers than they actually are. What’s sad is those people who think they’re better drivers probably have more accidents than anyone else. Seriously, get off your phone, stop doing your makeup, DON’T RUSH and PAY ATTENTION. Thanks for coming forward but you’re 1 precious life too late. (I’m speaking from experience, my cousin died because of a hit and run, she was only 14)

  12. Nancy says:

    Tremendous pain and loss by all involved. Living with the loss of a loved one or having to live with the knowledge you killed someone are too great a pain to realize and go on. God’s grace and strength to all involved. Lessons of responibility and compassion to all who read of thiis story.

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