Two Motorcyclists Killed in Crash in Des Moines; Driver Abandons Scene


DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are searching for the driver of a car involved in a crash that killed two motorcyclists Tuesday night.

A crash between a car and two motorcycles happened near E. 14th Street and Washington Avenue around 8:30 p.m. A man driving one of the motorcycles and his female passenger both died, police said. A woman driving the second motorcycle was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses told police the driver of the car abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot after the crash.

“We are looking for the driver right now and trying to find out exactly the circumstances of what happened here,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. “It’s going to be an all-night effort trying to figure out exactly what happened and who all was involved.”

Police are interviewing witnesses and searching the neighborhood for security cameras that may have captured the crash.

One lane of E. 14th Street in each direction is now open but police say the roadway may not be fully opened until after the Wednesday morning commute.

MidAmerican Energy is still on scene working to repair a utility pole that was damaged in the crash.

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