Editor’s Note: The three victims of the fatal crash were teenagers. Initial reports from police sources referred to the victims as ‘young men’. This story has been edited to update the descriptions of the victims.
CLIVE, Iowa — Three teens are dead and two others are injured after a high-speed police chase in a stolen car early Monday morning.
At 1:50 a.m., Urbandale Police received a report of someone searching through the caller’s vehicle. When the caller went outside, the suspects took off in a car. The caller was able to see four or five people in the car and got the license plate for the dispatcher. The plate was listed as stolen out of Urbandale. A Clive officer went into Urbandale to assist and found the vehicle eastbound on Douglas Avenue at 86th Street and attempted to stop it.
The car took off southbound on 86th Street. It continued on 86th Street into Clive reaching over 100 mph. As the car crossed the railroad tracks at Swanson Blvd, the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car left the west side of the roadway, flipped several times before hitting a light pole, launching across Walnut Creek, hitting the south bank and coming to rest in the parking lot of Cool Basil.
Responding officers found multiple occupants had been ejected from the car. They performed CPR and utilized an AED to attempt to save their lives while waiting for medics.
A total of five young people were found at the scene. Their names and ages are not being released at this time pending family notification.
The Iowa State Patrol Technical Accident Investigators were called to investigate the
crash scene. Clive Police were assisted at the scene by Urbandale, Windsor Heights and
West Des Moines Police, and Clive, Urbandale, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines
Fire and Medics.