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All 3 Involved In Fatal North Mpls. Crash Did Not Have Licenses

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two people are recovering and a third is dead after a car and two motorcycles collided in north Minneapolis.

The accident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of 23rd and Penn Avenues North. Two men on motorcycles were riding side-by-side when a car pulled into the intersection, hitting them both.

According to witnesses, the sound of the crash could be heard for blocks.

Investigators are still working on the details surrounding the accident, but what they do know is that speed and alcohol were not involved in the crash.

They also believe proper training could have saved lives here. The driver of the car, as well as both motorcyclists, did not have licenses to operate their vehicles.

“The woman stopped at the stop sign, per witnesses, pulled out into the roadway and struck the two cyclists proceeding southbound,” said John Elder, spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department.

A witness who did not want to be identified said she saw the front wheel of one motorcycle hit the passenger door of the car. The motorcyclist then flew over the hood and landed face down on the pavement.

The other motorcyclist fell after he was hit by the car, which then traveled across the street, up on the sidewalk and came to rest on a fence.

“It appears the driver may not have been wearing her seat belt, based upon the damage that we saw to the front end of the vehicle and the windshield,” Elder said.

Investigators say both men on motorcycles were not wearing helmets.

“It appeared to be that that was a critical issue in this crash,” Elder said. “This is one of those preventable things. This is one of the crashes that didn’t need to happen.”

Investigators are still trying to figure out what, if any, charges the driver of the car could face.

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