Shawn Koltiska, 49, and Joseph “Brian” Foster, 48, were receiving a taxi cab ride on Northeast 58th Avenue near the intersection of Northeast 22nd Street when the fatal accident occurred. At around 4:00 a.m. local time, the taxi cab approached the ‘T’ intersection at the two streets but continued forward, crashing off the road and into a ravine.
The Des Moines Register reports that Koltiska died at the scene of the accident. Foster was taken to the hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. He is currently still in the hospital.
Officials arrested the taxi driver, 29-year-old Mohamed Diriye, under suspicion of driving under the influence, reports The Des Moines Register. Diriye has since been charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, operating while intoxicated, and two counts of serious injury by vehicle.
Diriye was a driver for the United Taxi Cab company, reports The Des Moines Register. The owner of the company said Diriye’s driving and criminal records were clean prior to Thursday’s incident. Court records show that Diriye received a citation for speeding last March.
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