Deadly car crash devastates families

Little boy still in coma at local hospital

DES MOINES - Family members of victims involved in a deadly crash this weekend are sharing stories about their loved ones.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon near the 3600 block of Army Post Road in Des Moines. Police say the driver of a red pickup crossed into the opposite lane trying to pass traffic. That is when he collided head-on with another car.

The driver of that car, 56-year-old Des Moines resident Kathryn Kinley, died in the crash. Her 12-year-old grandson Kaden Kinley was injured and immediately taken to the hospital. One of Kaden's friends, 13-year-old Nariyo Lee, was killed in the crash.

The families of the victims are heartbroken. They say they are doing their best to honor the loved ones they have lost - and are praying for Kaden, the injured little boy, to recover soon.

Flowers and balloons now mark the scene of Saturday's deadly crash. Each item represents a show of support for the victims.

Kathryn Kinley's father, George Kinley, owns a golf shop in Des Moines. He says Kathryn would often stop by the store just to say hello.

"She just liked to smile and had a wonderful sense of humor," George Kinley said. "When you talk to somebody three or four times a week and they pass on, you'll miss that call, she's always checking in and she really cared about you."

George says he will miss their conversations, as he continues to grapple with this unexpected tragedy.

"As a parent, you just don't see your child passing before you do and I think that's the most difficult thing to deal with," George said.

Kathryn's grandson, and George's great-grandson, Kaden was seriously injured in the crash and is now in a coma at Mercy Medical Center.

"He's had some swelling around his brain and they hope it doesn't cause some paralysis," George said.

Kaden's best friend Nariyo Lee, who Local 5 confirmed was a student at Southeast Polk Junior High School, was killed in the crash. Local 5 spoke to Nariyo's family, who did not want to go on camera Monday, but say Nariyo was someone everyone in the community knew and loved.

People who often drive on Army Post Road say this is not the first fatal accident they've seen on this particular stretch of the street.

"It's a terrible thing, there has been several accidents on this street though, on this road and some of them have been killed," said Des Moines resident Marlys Daniels. "[Drivers] just got to be more alert."

George is doing his best to move forward, keeping his store open and working there, despite the pain he feels. He says it is his loved ones who are making this difficult time more bearable.

"It's really hard to deal with, but the family has come together," George said. "We'll get through it, the Kinley's will get through it."

George says his great-grandson Kaden is undergoing more X-rays and tests. Kaden is not out of the woods yet, but his family is hoping to se some progress soon.

The driver of the red pickup is also in serious condition at the hospital. Police say they are still looking at crash data from the scene as well as cell phone records to find out what exactly happened and why. They are not sure right now if any charges will be filed.


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