Street racing crash scene spans an entire city block and causes thousands of dollars in damage


By Scott Charpentier

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) – A quiet Sunday morning turned into chaos when street racers lost control of their cars and crashed into homes on East 14th Street between Guthrie and Thompson avenues.

“It sounded like a huge rumble of thunder,” said Donna Ludlow, whose home was damaged in the crash.

Ludlow’s window is broken, his deck is destroyed, and his house is covered in oil. A single shoe rests alone on its damaged deck. She says she picked it up near her garden. The other shoe was found four houses down.

Four houses down, you’ll find Sergio Hernandez assessing the damage to his property.

Trees are uprooted and his yard is filled with shingles and car parts. One of the street racers’ cars came to rest in his yard. The other was nearby on the sidewalk in front of the house.

The two drivers abandoned their cars and left the scene.

“It was not supposed to happen. I’m glad no one was hurt. Someone could have been killed,” Hernandez said.

His property is not just a house; it is a non-profit organization that helps homeless people get back on their feet. With declining donations, paying this deductible is not ideal.

“That’s another expense we didn’t plan for,” Hernandez said.

As these neighbors on East 14th Street pick up car parts, shingles and tree branches, they hope those responsible will be held accountable.

“When they catch them, they have to punish them because they’re not using their heads,” Ludlow said.

Des Moines police believe the street runners may have had help leaving the scene. Witnesses say other cars pulled over and helped the street runners get away.

If you have any information, you can call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400

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