Motorcyclist facing charges for involvement in fatal accident

Charges were recently filed against a motorcyclist in Des Moines because police suspect he could be liable for a motorcycle accident that resulted in a fatality, an article of Radio Iowa reported on December 13.

According to reports, police apprehended a man on December 12 identified as a 22-year-old Johnston resident. They believe this man was a contributing factor in an October 22 motorcycle accident in Des Moines. Police told reports that the person they arrested was likely racing with another motorcycle rider, identified as a 22-year-old man from Des Moines. The Des Moines man died as a result of his injuries as he was not wearing a helmet when his speeding motorcycle slammed into a sports utility vehicle (SUV).

Investigators later revealed the two motorcyclists were riding side by side moments before the accident happened. The Johnston motorcyclist was later charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving and vehicular homicide by drag racing.



Fatalities reported in Walmart store crash

At least two Walmart employees and a shopper succumbed to injuries after a vehicle rammed through the store’s facade in the southeast portion of Iowa, a December 2 article of CBS News reported.

On December 1, a 66-year-old driver struck the glass facade of a Walmart store in Pella. The vehicle reportedly got inside the store’s grocery area and came to a halt after crashing into a produce display. Witnesses told reports that the vehicle was traveling at an excessive rate of speed when the accident happened. Two Walmart employees, identified as a 29-year-old and a 31-year-old, and a 76-year-old shopper were killed.

The vehicle driver involved and another shopper were both injured in the incident. Responding authorities told reports that it would take them time to determine the factors in the crash because they are still waiting for the driver’s toxicology report. As of reporting, charges have not been filed against the driver, but an officer said that anything could happen.



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