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Man arrested for Wednesday night hit-and-run, Des Moines police say

The person hit in the crash remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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Des Moines police are investigating a Wednesday night car-pedestrian crash on Douglas Avenue as a hit-and-run, the department said in a tweet

Officers responded to reports that a car hit a person, resulting in serious injury at the 2800 block of Douglas Avenue on Wednesday evening. Police confirmed with Local 5 on Thursday that 70-year-old Fidel Funez Mendez of Des Moines was arrested in connection to the hit-and-run. 

Both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Douglas Avenue were temporarily closed as the traffic unit began investigating the crash. 

Both lanes reopened by 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

Patrol officers located the vehicle involved in the crash approximately two miles from the scene. 

The person injured remains at a local hospital in critical condition.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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