DES MOINES, Iowa — Two people are dead and another behind bars after a high-speed crash on the city’s south side Thursday.
Des Moines police say the collision happened just before noon at the intersection of SW 9th and Marion Streets.
Police say 23-year-old Alejandro Contreras was speeding southbound on SW 9th when his car broadsided another vehicle. The impact was so great that it caused fatal injuries for driver 26-year-old Mauricio Ruiz Quintana and his passenger 22-year-old Brayan Martinez Ruiz.
Contreras suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
Police say excessive speed was a significant contributing factor in the crash. Contreras is now charged with two counts of homicide by vehicle – reckless driving. He is being held in the Polk County Jail.
Police are attempting to locate potential witnesses to the crash. Police believe the occupants of a white four door sedan (pictured below) may have witnessed the crash.
Anyone with information regarding this vehicle should contact the Des Moines Police Department Traffic Unit at 515-323-8370.