Pedestrian killed after being hit by car Thursday night in Des Moines identified

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DES MOINES — According to police, a man was struck by a moving vehicle near 23rd St and University in Des Moines Thursday night.

First responders arrived on the scene to find male having serious injuries after being hit by a car.

The man, identified as 27-year-old Joseph Hicks, was given extensive lifesaving efforts but died due to his injuries.

Police say Hicks had walked between parked vehicles along the south curb in the 2300 block of University Ave when he stepped into traffic. Hicks was struck by a minivan traveling eastbound.

“At this time, there is no evidence of impairment, excessive speed, or distracted driving,” the Des Moines Police Department said in a release. “Evidence indicates that there was no opportunity for the vehicle to avoid contact with the pedestrian.”

This is a developing story so Local 5 will continue to update the story as more information is released.

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