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Police Identify Child Hit by Car, Driver of Vehicle Involved

Pedestrian hit by vehicle at SW 9th and Davis. (WHO-HD)

Pedestrian hit by vehicle at SW 9th and Davis. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Emergency crews were called to the city’s southwest side early Thursday morning after a 12-year-old was hit by a car while crossing the street.

At approximately 7 a.m., Des Moines Police Department patrol officers and Des Moines Fire Department medics responded to the intersection of SW 9th Street and Davis Avenue to investigate a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.

Responding officers found 12-year-old Josef Robert Ries Fuller of Des Moines suffering from serious injuries he received after being struck by a car. Des Moines Fire Deptartment medics transported the child to Iowa Methodist Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Fuller was struck by a southbound car, operated by 25-year-old Samantha Bothwell of Des Moines, as he crossed SW 9th Street, west to east. The child was the only person injured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation