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Iowa Officers Killed by Wrong-way Driver Identified

March 28, 2016  | 

Des Moines, IA, Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales were killed when a driver struck them head on. (Photo: Des Moines PD)
Des Moines, IA, Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales were killed when a driver struck them head on. (Photo: Des Moines PD)

Des Moines, IA, Officers Susan Farrell, 30, and Carlos Puente-Morales, 34, were killed while driving east on Interstate 80 at 12:40 a.m. Saturday, returning a prisoner from Council Bluffs to the capital city, according to a news release. Another vehicle driving the wrong way struck the officers head-on near the Waukee exit at mile marker 117.

Both officers were recent additions to the Des Moines Police Department, graduating from the police academy in October 2015, reports the Des Moines Register.

The wrong-way driver, Benjamin Edward Beary, 25, died at the scene of the crash, where his Ford Taurus burst into flames, the State Medical Examiner's Office said.

The prisoner in the police car, 32-year-old Tosha Nicole Hyatt, was also killed, the Des Moines Register reports.

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kevCopAz @ 3/29/2016 7:48 AM

First of all, Im sad for all involved, especially the innocent Officers as well as the detainee in custody at the time. Tragic and avoidable. Question, is it standard in that PD to have two "rookies" with 4 months on assigned together? Seems odd and if this is the case should be reevaluated since not one of us without prior experience are "solo capable" 4 months out of the Academy.

John retired IA PD @ 3/30/2016 8:24 PM

This is so sad. My prayers go out to the officers and their families and also to the detainee they were transporting. I must remember the family of the person that caused this tragic accident. I'm sure they wish there would have been a different outcome.

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