A Des Moines man ran over a 6-year-old boy, identified late Monday as Irving Aguilar-Gonzalez, who was playing on a trampoline shortly after noon when the man’s white pickup truck with Arizona plates plowed through the backyard fence of a multifamily home in the 2600 block of Hickman Road.
The car struck the boy on the first afternoon of summer break for Des Moines Public Schools, authorities said. The man, identified as 44-year-old Guadalupe Villa-Guzman, will be charged with vehicular homicide, according to a police press release. Villa-Guzman, who was driving with a suspended license, was taken into police custody to be interviewed Sgt. Jason Halifax, Des Moines police spokesman, said.
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The truck carried Aguilar-Gonzalez and the trampoline until it came to a stop in a shallow ditch, several yards south of the backyard. Police called for a tow truck to try to move the pickup to rescue Aguilar-Gonzalez, but it was too late.
“We’re here on the first day of summer vacation. It’s never, ever easy certainly when a child dies, no matter how they die or when they die,” said Halifax. “It’s hard to put into words how heartbreaking that is.”
A 4-year-old boy, Javier Falcon, was also near the trampoline when the pickup piled through the backyard, but apparently was not injured, Halifax said. His mother, who is not the mother of Aguilar-Gonzalez, drove him to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation and to ensure he wasn’t injured in the crash.
Police translators were called to the scene as neither Villa-Guzman nor the family of the boy spoke English well, Halifax said.
Seconds before the fatal incident, Villa-Guzman had hit a Toyota Highlander SUV on Hickman Road just before 26th Street, then his vehicle jumped a curb and careered through the fence and two backyards, police told USA Today.
“He was going 50 when he came over that hill,” said Dorothy Taylor of Fort Dodge, who said she saw the driver leave the road. “There were no brake lights. None. He popped out, came around me, went between two cars and hit that van.”