WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – One person died early Monday morning after a Jeep crashed into a tree in West Des Moines.
Sgt. Dan Wade with the West Des Moines Police Department says the accident happened around 1:10 a.m. An officer spotted a Jeep in the 700 block of Maple and noticed a traffic violation. As the officer turned around to follow the Jeep and make a traffic stop, they lost sight of the vehicle.
Moments later the officer came upon a crash in the 1100 block of Walnut. The Jeep had crashed into a tree.
The officer provided first aid to the driver, and only occupant of the Jeep, until EMTs arrived. The driver was taken to a local hospital but later died from their injuries.
Police have not released the name of the driver, pending notification of the family.