HIT & RUN: Euclid Avenue Raising City’s Concern

One Des Moines city leader is questioning the safety of a street after two hit and run crashes in the past five days.

“No he’s not supposed to cross Euclid, he knows that’s a busy street. We’ve talked about that before,” said Audrey King, the mother of Rickey Meneweather.

The 12-year-old middle school student was hit by a jeep on Cambridge and Euclid Avenue Wednesday night after grabbing a snack from a convenient store.

The driver who hit Meneweather, Cameron Hart, later turned himself in after watching reports of the incident on the news. 48-hours later, police responded to another hit and run.  This one was just 10 blocks away from Wednesday’s incident.

“When officers arrived they found 52-year-old Joan Haggar on the ground, still alive but severely injured,” said Sgt. Jason Halifax of Des Moines Police.

The driver of Saturday’s incident is still on the loose.

Police said the incidents’ proximity could be coincidence. Traffic flow, lighting or speed could be factors. Whatever it is, City Council Member Skip Moore said the incidents are concerning.

“I personally spoke with the city manager and he’s guaranteed me the police and traffic transportation is looking into it and they’ll get their findings to us that the earliest possible time,” Moore said.

Moore said staff members will discuss and recommend the issue before it is brought to a city council meeting.


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