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18-year-old arrested for Wednesday hit-and-run that injured 1, police say

The 48-year-old pedestrian remains hospitalized with serious head injuries from the incident, according to Des Moines Police.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police arrested a woman Friday morning for her involvement in a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian seriously injured earlier this week, according to a press release.

Anjlena Achwiel, 18, of Des Moines was allegedly retrieving her car from a towing service at 826 SE 21st Street around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday when she drove through two secured fences. Police say the second gate hit a pedestrian, and Achwiel fled the scene. 

The 48-year-old female pedestrian was taken to an area hospital with serious head injuries Wednesday.

Police located and impounded Achwiel's car at approximately 5:50 a.m. Friday. Achwiel is charged with: 

  • Serious Injury By Vehicle – Reckless Driving 
  • Criminal Mischief – 1st Degree
  • Criminal Mischief – 2nd Degree 
  • Leaving The Scene Of A Serious Injury Accident

The pedestrian remains hospitalized but is in stable condition, police say.  

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