Des Moines Police identify victims of fiery Sunday afternoon crash


DES MOINES, IOWA — The Des Moines Police Department has identified the two victims of a Sunday afternoon crash on 12th Street as 20-year-old Moises Ruiz and 22-year-old Tatiana Munguia – both of Des Moines.

The crash happened around 1:17pm on Sunday, following a traffic stop – according to authorities. A Polk County Sheriff’s deputy had pulled a red Dodge Charger over for driving 85 mph in a 45 mph zone in the 4300 block of Morningtar Drive. When the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver sped off – heading south on 12th Street.

The deputy lost sight of the car, but a passerby alerted him that the car had crashed at 12th Street and Oak Park Avenue – a ‘T-intersection’. Video from a neighbor shows the car sitting at the bottom of a deep ditch, engulfed in flames. Police say Ruiz was the driver of the Charger. Their investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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