DES MOINES, Iowa — A man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Des Moines Sunday morning, according to police.
Police responded to the 4500 block of Hubbell Avenue at 4:53 a.m. to investigate a report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle. First responders found a man dead at the scene, police said.
Witnesses said the man was walking in the street along Hubbell Avenue instead of the nearby sidewalk. Initially at least one vehicle driving southbound was able to swerve and avoid the man but another car was not, investigators said. The man was struck just south of East 46th Street.
Driver impairment has been ruled out as a potential contributing factor, police said.
“Unfortunately, it’s a tragic event and traumatic for everyone involved. That driver of the car had no opportunity to avoid this,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.
Police are warning of the importance of being vigilant on roads whether you are a pedestrian, bicyclist or driver. “There are some things sometimes that just can’t be avoided. Anything you can do as a cyclist and as a driver to make things a little more walkable, bikeable, drivable, where we are out there at the same time and we can avoid these collisions, that is certainly going to help,” Parizek said.
The pedestrian’s name hasn’t been released.
The Des Moines Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the crash. Police do not expect any charges to be filed unless new evidence emerges.