Suspect Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The suspect in a fatal hit and run accident Saturday morning left a piece of evidence that eventually lead to their arrest. That evidence was a front license plate.

Des Moines Police were called to the corner of 26th Street and East University Avenue shortly after 7 a.m.

A passerby found Kenneth Leroy Wallace, 55, lying in the road, severely injured after being hit by a blue Dodge Dakota pick-up truck.

Wallace died at the scene.

The driver took off, but it didn’t take long for police to find the truck as dispatchers tracked the license plates to an address nearby.

The driver was nowhere to be found but the truck was impounded.

Investigators believed it was only a matter of time before they make an arrest.

“Even if the registered owner wasn’t driving the vehicle, they’re going to let us know because the vehicle won’t go back to them until we figure out who was driving it. It’s not a matter of if we determine who is driving it, it’s just a matter of when,” said Sgt. Jason Halifax, public information officer for the Des Moines Police Department.

Later Saturday evening, Ashley Brown, 20, turned herself into police at about 5:30 p.m.

Brown is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and not having insurance. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor.


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