DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have released the names of two people who died in a two-vehicle crash on Des Moines’ east side Sunday night.
The victims have been identified as 76-year-old Fred Lehman and his wife, 79-year-old Mary Lehman, according to Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department.
The crash happened just before 8:00 p.m. at E. 27th Street and E. University Avenue. When officers and rescue personnel from the Des Moines Fire Department arrived on the scene, they found two cars had been involved in a collision.
Sgt. Parizek said the Lehmans, who were both in a Buick Century, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both are residents of Des Moines.
Police said the Buick, driven by Fred Lehman, was turning north onto E. 27th Street from eastbound E. University Avenue when it was struck on the passenger side by a westbound Chevy Camaro. The Buick then hit a utility pole and overturned.
The driver of the Camaro, an 18-year-old male from Des Moines, was not transported by medics to the hospital. Police have not released his name or released any information on whether he will face charges.
Evidence gathered at the scene and witness testimony indicates the Camaro was traveling at a high-rate of speed and was a significant contributing factor in the crash.
The crash area was shut down for a few hours while police investigated the scene, and the roadway was cleared.
The investigation into the crash continues.