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DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Des Moines Police have arrested the woman they say killed a teenager in an early morning crash, then ran from the scene on foot.

Twenty-three-year old Alexandria Newton was arrested Thursday evening and charged with:

  • Homicide By Reckless Driving
  • No Insurance – Accident
  • Driving While License Suspended
  • Failure To Obey Traffic Control Device
  • Failure To Render Aid And Information,

Investigators say evidence shows Newton was operating ran a red light immediately before crashing into 19-year-old Kevin Truong’s vehicle.

Truong’s friends and family are left dealing with his sudden death.

“He decided to leave the house it was getting late we were playing video games for hours; we just had the casual goodbyes,” Des Moines resident Darrick Burrage said,

Moments after saying goodbye, Darrick Burrage’s childhood friend Kevin Truong, was hit and killed by a Nissan Pathfinder.

Des Moines Police say the driver of the SUV was speeding South through the intersection on MLK Parkway and Clark Street early Thursday morning.

“Shocked, I felt like gutted about the whole thing, I didn’t know what to think about it,” Burrage said.

Truong was studying software engineering at Iowa State University.

“He was a genius, he was so quick-witted he was the kind of person who you could talk to about anything he knew a little bit about everything,” Burrage said.

A role model who had his whole life ahead of him.

“We had so many plans to travel and study abroad he was the person that made me want to do that,” Burrage said.

Truong leaves behind, his mom, dad, and two younger brothers.

“He has left behind happiness in many people’s hearts,” Burrage said.

Those hearts are left breaking over the loss of this young life.

Truong was a 2018 graduate from Des Moines Public Schools.

A vigil in his honor will be held Friday afternoon at Central Academy.