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HIT & RUN: Euclid Avenue Raising City’s Concern

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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.


  • youcan dothe Math

    He supposed to read the book…. NOT to cross street to buy/sell a snack without look left or right……. You CAN NOT cross street like a WILD DEER . Traffic flow, lighting or speed does not matter much if you cross street like a wild deer cross the street. You have brain Skip More.

  • Lisa

    It is a busy area, people speed, pay no attention to pedestrians, I have lived in the area 12 years and traffic is awful. People don’t care anymore, “it’s all about me” mentality.

  • Open your eyes

    Lisa, You just cant close your eyes and cross the streets ….. OPEN your eyes big .. look left and right … DONOT jump into a car and say someone mistake……

  • Open your eyes

    who can you sue? can you sue that deer, deer mother, DNR, or the gov. or Obama?…… human have the brain that think better than the deers….

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