A Minneapolis man has been charged with 6 counts of criminal vehicular operation for crashing his car into a Pedal Pub on the Hennepin Avenue bridge, seriously injuring 4 of the 12 passengers.
Mershon Leroy Corbett, 35, had a blood alcohol concentration of .21, more than twice the legal limit, according to the criminal complaint. Police also took a blood sample and the official toxicology results still are pending.
The crash happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night. Witnesses told police that Corbett crashed his Chevy Monte Carlo into the back the Pedal Pub without ever applying the brakes. The impact of the crash flipped the Pedal Pub into the air, trapping some passengers and the operator beneath it until Corbett backed his car away.
Four people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious injuries, including broken ribs, a bruised lung, internal bleeding and head injuries. Two of the passengers remained hospitalized Friday in satisfactory condition.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who were injured in the accident caused by a car rear ending one of our bikes on Wednesday night, June 24 in downtown Minneapolis," said Al Boyce, managing partner of PedalPub, LLC. "We wish them all a swift recovery."
Corbett is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.