TEEN DEATH: Misdemeanor Charge For Driver

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West Des Moines Police say the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a West Des Moines Valley High School student has been charged with a simple misdemeanor.

The accident that killed 18-year-old Husam Abdul-Hameed happened on March 3rd around 9:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of Interstate 80. Police say Abdul-Hameed had gotten out of a stalled vehicle on the shoulder of I-80 when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Marvin Hostetler of Urbandale.

Abdul-Hameed was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center but died shortly after arriving.

Police say Hostetler wasn’t under the influence at the time of the accident and wasn’t driving recklessly. They do say his inattentiveness caused the accident.

Hostetler has been charged with failure to maintain control of his vehicle. If found guilty of the simple misdemeanor, Hostetler would pay a fine between $65 and $625 and could spend up to 30 days in jail.

Classmates of Abdul-Hameed are working to raise money to send his body back to Iraq, his homeland, for burial. The total cost is expected to be around $15,000. As of Monday, $6,500 had been raised. Donations can be made at the Valley High School office.