12-Year-Old Boy Hit by Car Thursday Dies from Injuries

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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 – A Des Moines boy has died from his injuries after he was hit by a car earlier this week.

12-year-old Josef Fuller passed away Friday night.

Emergency crews were called to the city’s southwest side early Thursday morning after Fuller 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 Fuller to Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

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. Fuller was the only person injured in the crash.

The driver has not been charged.