Man hit by car at bus stop to be removed from life supportby Elizabeth Baier, Minnesota Public Radio,
Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — A Minneapolis man who was hit by a car while talking to a friend at a bus stop early Sunday morning will be taken off life support Tuesday, according to a family member.
Relatives of Christopher Iverson, 48, met with doctors today who informed that that his brain injury was more severe than anticipated.
The family awaits tests to determine whether Iverson would be a suitable organ donor.
"It brings some comfort to us that Chris might be able to help somebody else," said Bill Breeggman, Iverson's brother-in-law.
Iverson suffered severe brain injuries after a car struck him about 12:10 a.m. Sunday on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. He was hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center where he remains in critical condition, according to hospital officials.
The accident happened as Iverson was returning home from a late-night cigarette run. He saw a friend at a bus stop and started chatting with her as she waited for her bus.
Breeggman described Iverson as "a regular Minnesotan" who enjoyed fishing, watching Twins games, and attending local concerts. "He tried to enjoy life as much as possible," Breeggman said.
The 49-year-old Minneapolis woman who was driving the car showed signs of being intoxicated, according to Minneapolis Police Spokesman Bill Palmer. The results of a blood alcohol test will not be available for a few weeks.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular injury and is being held in the Hennepin County Jail, Palmer said.
Breeggman said Iverson lived with his mother in south Minneapolis, and was riding his bike instead of driving a car because of his own past DUI offenses.
"Chris has had a checkered life himself, but he wasn't drinking or doing anything wrong," Breeggman said. "He was just riding his bike, and just standing at a bus stop talking to a friend."
Elizabeth Baier, based in Rochester, covers news in southeastern Minnesota for MPR News.