VEHICULAR HOMICIDE: Des Moines Man Charged


A Des Moines man injured when police say a drunk driver hit his motorcycle has now died.

Police say the crash happened March 29th and 51-year-old Michael Harden died of his injuries Tuesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Jacob Phipps is charged with vehicular homicide in the case. Police say he was driving drunk on E 30th Street south of Dean Avenue when he lost control of his car and crossed the center line. His car bounced off of the retaining wall and collided head on with Harden’s southbound motorcycle.

Phipps also faces charges of OWI, failure to maintain control, and open container. He is being held in the Polk County Jail.


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