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Des Moines man charged in crash that killed pedestrian

A Des Moines resident was charged with motor vehicle homicide for a crash that left a pedestrian dead Sunday.

Des Moines police and the Des Moines Fire Department were dispatched to the 5400 block of Southeast Fifth Street around 11:40 a.m. to investigate a car crash, said police spokesman Sgt. said Paul Parizek in a press release. First responders found a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado that had struck a tree and a pedestrian, Parizek said.

The 51-year-old pedestrian, who police have not yet identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later that day, police arrested Andi Gael Cardenas, 23, of Des Moines. Cardenas was charged with homicide by motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and multiple simple traffic violations.

Investigators determined that Cardenas was allegedly involved in a collision that caused property damage before the fatal crash, Parizek said. Cardenas allegedly drove off and ran a red light at Southeast Fifth Street and Porter Avenue.

Cardenas’ truck then struck a vehicle that had the right of way and lost control of his car. The truck left the roadway and struck two trees before reportedly striking the pedestrian.

Cardenas was taken to a hospital where he was evaluated and released to jail. No other people were injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.

José Mendiola is a breaking news reporter for the Register. Reach him at [email protected].